With type 1 diabetes (T1D), back-to-school preparation is about more than getting your school supplies in order. It is also about making sure that teachers and educators are aware of what to do in case of high or low blood sugar and how to respond in case of an emergency. JDRF has created checklists for caregivers to share with the diabetes care team at school to help start conversations with teachers, nurses and other students about T1D.
While this process can be overwhelming, know that you have help at hand. With our new back-to-school resources, you’ll find information that parents and caregivers will find useful, such as a back-to-school checklist, information about 504 plans, and a quick-start guide to living independently with T1D.
Teachers and educators will benefit from resources such as How to Support your Student with T1D and an Introduction to T1D from the point of view of student. We also have infographics on hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) that outline the causes, symptoms and treatments so teachers can make sure that the students stay healthy and safe when they’re at school—and so that parents and caregivers can have the much needed peace of mind.
You can find more JDRF back-to-school resources here.