Medical Daily has this short, but informative page detailing 10 ways to detect hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) symptoms. It points out that a diabetic person can display different symptoms, as it varies from person to person. I know teachers would benefit by learning these symptoms, paying careful attention to students with diabetes who may need medical intervention.
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation produces this 12-minute lesson on diabetes, where young Emily and Jacob educate other children about diabetes. This lively, educational video is a fantastic classroom tool for teachers to raise awareness about students with diabetes in their classroom. I love the balance of scientific information with vivid, active images.
EdMedKids from the University of Arizona discusses classroom problems and solutions for students with diabetes. This page will help you troubleshoot and fix issues related to missed class time, and suggest other ways to accommodate students for making up work. It also touches upon other potential issues in cognitive and academic impairment. I really like how candid this page is, especially when it says, quite bluntly, that there needs to be more research about supporting students with diabetes.
On this page, the American Diabetes Association gives a brief overview of federal law about students with diabetes. You can also find the specific laws of your state, which can sometimes offer more protection for these students. This is a great source of information, especially because state laws have changed in recent years, such as in Virginia.
ABC of Harrisburg, Virginia takes a look about upcoming changes to the policies regarding medical supplies in schools, particularly insulin or meters. Students with Type 1 diabetes will no longer have to see nurses to administer supplies during the day, and will be able to manage it themselves independently. I thought it was interesting to hear a parent say this actually keeps teachers aware and in touch with these students!
Children With Diabetes has a page dedicated to Sample 504 and IEP plans for students with diabetes. There are plans for each grade K-12, each available as a printable Word document. If you’re new to having a student with diabetes, this is a great place to learn about the common accommodations expected, like “stop the clock” for blood glucose testing and bathroom breaks.
Kate Bunker’s article in Diabetes Forecast profiles some elementary schools that are doing an outstanding job with their diabetic students. As you’ll discover, the schools set the bar high, and are even designated by Diabetes.org as a “Safe School.” I liked the bullet points at the end, where it gets specific about certain accommodations for diabetic students.
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases puts together this 7-part list for school personnel about effective management of students with diabetes. Even though there is a dedicated section, “Actions for the Teacher,” I’ll bet teachers will want to read every section. I really like how Section 1 is a list of common questions and answers, too.