It’s the beginning of August, which means kids like you, who live with T1D, are getting ready to go back to school! To help you with another year of T1D in the classroom, we asked ten kids for tips on how they manage T1D at school. Check out their advice below!
Anthony, 15 – Vancouver, Washington
Bring low blood-sugar snacks–and don’t let your friends eat them, no matter how tasty they are!
Sydney, 15 – Eagle Mountain, Utah
Don’t hide your T1D from your classmates–there is no reason to be embarrassed.
Sophia, 14 – Park City, Utah
Be yourself! If you tell people what you are dealing with, they’ll be there to support you.
Claire, 14 – Boise, Idaho
Talk to your school nurse about how to manage your T1D in a way that works for you. Get on the same page about how much support you need.
Holden, 12 – Mullica Hill, New Jersey
Find a buddy to go to the nurse with you. Sometimes you’ll have to go down when you’re low or high, and a buddy makes it safer. Plus it’s fun.
Erick and Oaklie, 15, 12 – Las Vegas, Nevada
Become friends with your nurse and teachers–especially the physical education teacher. You’re most likely to get low in PE class, and it’s important your PE teacher knows what to do.
Samantha, 10 Treasure Island, Florida
Present to your class about T1D! It’s a great opportunity to increase T1D awareness and teach your classmates about life with T1D.
Trevor, 11 – Newport News, Virginia
T1D is hard enough, don’t make it harder by not being prepared. Make sure you have snacks and supplies ready for any situation.
Evan, 9 – Irvine, California
You can do everything your friends do. T1D shouldn’t stop you from being a normal kid. Don’t let it!
To learn more about tackling T1D in the classroom, visit typeonenation.org/backtoschool where you can find JDRF’s collection of resources, which includes information about 504 Plans, building a School Diabetes Emergency kit, the JDRF School Advisory Toolkit and more.