Regular communication between home and school is critical to managing a student’s type 1 diabetes, and will help foster a positive relationship between parents/caregivers and school staff.
The Individual Care Plan (ICP) is the foundation for managing a student’s type 1 diabetes at school. The ICP will:
Some provinces have sample plans. You can also use this one, which can be printed and completed manually, or filled in online and printed.
When a student is first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, or at the start of a new school year, there will be a period of training and education so that everyone understands their role and what to do.
In many cases, parents will provide this training:
Students with type 1 diabetes can be included in every aspect of school life, as long as there is enough notice to prepare.
Having a child with type 1 diabetes requires planning. Students with type 1 diabetes can be included in every aspect of school life, as long as there is enough notice to prepare. Here are some school occasions that may need extra planning or attention:
Depending on the situation, parents may want to: make arrangements to be at the school; adjust insulin levels; provide extra or alternate snacks; request extra blood sugar checks.
Parents, with support of school staff, should provide a letter for supply/substitute teachers that includes:
Parents and school staff should:
Regular communication is also needed to ensure that:
Remember that type 1 diabetes is just one aspect of a student’s school experience. Frequent conversations between teachers and parents about a child’s social and academic progress will help keep the lines of communication open and positive.
Last updated: September, 2016