Managing Diabetes in the School: Know your rights and learn the best practices from other
parents and kids.
JDRF’s School Advisory Toolkit
Students with T1D need a strong support network at school to help them properly manage their diabetes on a daily basis. Cultivating good relationships with school staff is key. JDRF has developed a new resource to support and empower families as they communicate with school staff throughout the year and to educate school personnel and administrators about T1D.
The JDRF School Advisory Toolkit helps parents and school personnel ensure that students with T1D have the best possible school experience. The Toolkit was written by a retired school administrator who is also the parent of child with diabetes. As a result, it helps parents and school personnel understand each other's points of view, as well as the needs of students with T1D.
The School Advisory Toolkit includes:
- Practical information on everyday medical needs
- Helpful charts with information on low and high blood sugar symptoms
- Steps to prepare substitute teachers for students with type 1 diabetes
- Tear out sheets and sample tools for the classroom
- Real-life scenarios to help parents obtain a better understanding of schools' legitimate concerns and needs when a student has type 1 diabetes
School Walk Program
The JDRF School Walk to Cure Diabetes is a great way to educate kids, teachers, and other school staff about T1D while helping out others. The two goals of this program are to teach students about diabetes and to raise money for T1D research.
Benefits for the School:
- Students and school staff learn about the different types of diabetes, the warning signs for the disease, and how T1D affects students.
- The school can receive 10% of the money raised.
- Students awarded with fun prizes depending on the amount of money they collect.
- Earn a JDRF Kids Walk banner to proudly display the school’s fundraising accomplishments and commitment to JDRF’s mission.