Whether starting the school year or returning after a new diagnosis, going back to school can be an overwhelming time for students living with type 1 diabetes (T1D), as well as their parents and caregivers. It is also important for teachers and educators to be aware of T1D so they can ensure safety and well-being of the student.

Back to school preparedness requires paperwork, special planning and many conversations with teachers, school nurses and other students about T1D and how it’s managed in a physical or online classroom. The good news is that with JDRF’s help, you don’t have to feel overwhelmed.

Type 1 Diabetes: What You Need To Know

A short video that explains life with type 1 diabetes (T1D) to extended family, caregivers, teachers, coaches and fellow students.


If you are looking for resources and lively community discussions to help you start the school year confident that T1D won’t stand in the way, look no further. Check out the resources below to get information and join conversations about going Back to School with T1D.

These resources are made possible in part through the support of Lilly.

504 Plans

In the United States, schools that receive federal funds are mandated by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to deliver “free appropriate education” to children with disabilities, including T1D.

A 504 Plan is a legal (written) document specifying what “reasonable” modifications and accommodations the school must provide for a student with a disability. Children with T1D are protected under this law.

More about 504 plans

American Diabetes Association (ADA)

Through their Safe at School program, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) offers additional training and support materials that can help parents and caregivers prepare and educate school staff to provide the appropriate care to students with diabetes and ensure their success at school. These resources include the ADA’s “Helping the student with diabetes succeed: A guide for school personnel”, an updated version of the 2016 NDEP guide that reflects important changes in diabetes technology and treatment in the school setting.

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Life With T1D

From tips on counting carbs to advice for traveling with supplies and equipment, our guide makes it easy to stay healthy.

You Are Not Alone

Living with the burden of T1D can be overwhelming at times. But you’re never alone. The JDRF community has your back.