California School Litigation

Since 2005, the American Diabetes Association has been involved in a lawsuit to ensure that children in California get the care the diabetes care in the classroom they need. In August of 2013, the California Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling supporting students with diabetes.

The Court overturned a decision of the California Court of Appeal involving the access of children with diabetes to insulin while at school, and ruled that state law permits school personnel who are not nurses to help children with diabetes by administering needed insulin to those who cannot self-administer.

Case History

General information on the court's ruling and its impact

Information for California Health Care Providers (PDF)

Read the California Supreme Court's decision (PDF)

Read the Association's press release on the ruling

Resources for California Families

FAQ on California school diabetes laws

Joint Statement on Provision of Care to Students with Diabetes in the School Setting (PDF)

Specific information for families of children with diabetes in California schools. (PDF) (Also available in Spanish)

Important Information for Parents/Guardians of California Students with Diabetes. (PDF) (Also available in Spanish)

  • Last Reviewed: February 4, 2016
  • Last Edited: August 17, 2016

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