Back to School
When you have a T1 kiddo, back to school is a lot more than just school shopping and sending them off to school..
Here are some things we do to prepare our kids AND the school for another school year with T1.
- Prepare the nurse: for us, this means taking in a small tub of items my child will possibly need through out the school day. Both kids will have items in class and their backpack, but here are items we give to the nurse:
*boxes of juice and tablets
*extra pump battery
*A meter for the nurses office
*extra test strips
*extra pump tubing
- Prepare the teachers & teaching staff: This year, Madi is starting Kinder, so I had to go in and train the Kinder staff (all staff just in case her teacher is absent at any time). The school nurse did a small presentation and we covered what T1 is, high/lows, Glucagon, warning signs, carbs & intake, checking glucose, quick sugars and more. Teachers were able to ask questions and I also brought Madi so she could show them her pump and meter. After the meeting, we made sure that her teacher had the following items in class:
*carb/protien snacks like crackers and PB, pretzels & yogurt
*extra test strips
*a meter for the classroom
*no carb snacks like beef jerky
*Handouts of signs of highs/lows
*A substitute paper with a photo of Madi on it for easy recognition in case of a sub
*she will also have a very small bag to take to recess with a meter, glucagon and quick sugars in it. I got a pencil bag that had handles and fit everything perfectly!!
- Meet with school staff, principal and nurse to create a 504: luckily we have a great school that we probably dont even need a 504, but I like to have one anyway. Some specific things we put in her 504 are:
*I will get a call if she is above 300 or under 80
*absences diabetes related will not could against her
*her carb ratios and a doctors order
*She will be able to test BS in class to have less access to sickness at the nurses office.
*She will be able to wear her pump pouch and belts in any color or style she chooses (she goes to a charter school with uniforms)
*If her BS is under 80 or aboove250, she will not take tests until she is within range
*school will text me before giving her any insulin to confirm amount.
*she will have unlimited access to water and bathroom breaks
*much more specifics on her daily checks as well
Craig doesnt start till next week and he starts High School, so Ill let you know how all that goes!! Its his first time ever in public school, and I know he will love it, but its a whole different system..so we will see how the T1 care will go. As well as the 504!