Awareness of Students with Diverse Learning Needs,
What the Teacher Needs to Know, Volume 1


Strategies for Teachers

Parent/Teacher Communication

  • Hold conferences with the parents at the beginning of the school year to determine the needs of the individual
  • Discuss with the family whether or not it is appropriate to share information about the individual’s condition with classmates
  • Notify parents, in advance, of any special events involving food and/or extra activity
  • Develop a plan to respond to unexpected food or activity related events
  • Inform parents immediately of all low blood sugar episodes and vomiting

School and Class Communication

  • Provide information for teachers-on-call regarding the individual’s treatment, routines and emergency plans
  • Explain to classmates the dangers of sharing food because of specific dietary needs. Consider any meal as a timed release capsule and the necessity of maintaining a balance for the individual with diabetes
  • Recognize and acknowledge individual concerns and promote understanding and respect for the condition

Providing for the Needs of a Student with Diabetes

  • Provide an appropriate place for an individual to check blood glucose
  • Allow individuals to test or eat at any time
  • Allow frequent trips to the bathroom or water fountain
  • Monitor closely for change in bathroom frequency (If high blood sugar is suspected you may ask the individual to test.)  
  • Ensure that meals and snacks are eaten at specific times as advised by parents with considerations for field trips, changed school hours and detentions (This may not be necessary where an insulin pump is used.)
  • Permit the individual to have, at any time, juice or other fast-acting sugar (such as glucagon) for treatment of low blood sugar


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