Diabetes - Last Revision: March 1, 2002 THE SCHOOL STUDENT...

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Last Revision: March 1, 2002 THE SCHOOL STUDENT AND DIABETES Teacher’s Guide for the Student Who Has Diabetes This form needs to be completed by the parents of the student who has diabetes. It is important that the family educates the teacher, school nurse, bus driver, gym teacher or coach, lunchroom workers and any others who may be involved with their child at school. A copy of this form should be in the student’s classroom and in his/her permanent record . Additionally, when a substitute teacher is in the student’s classroom, he! she should know that the student has diabetes and should take the time to read this summary. 1. NAME OF STUDENT WITH DIABETES ____________________________________________ 2. GENERAL INFORMATION Diabetes is not contagious. Diabetes is caused by the pancreas producing inadequate amounts of insulin or no insulin at all. This may result in too much sugar in the blood. There are two kinds of diabetes. A student who has Type 1 Diabetes must have insulin in order to live because his/her pancreas no longer makes insulin to help his/her body use blood sugar. This student may need snacks and to take insulin shots while at school. A student who has Type 2 Diabetes may be able to control his/her diabetes with physical activity and meal planning; or he/she may need oral medication and/or insulin shots while at school. This student may or may not need snacks. The priority of the student with diabetes is to lead a normal life . Students with diabetes can participate in all school activities, including sports . They should not and do not want to be singled out. They should be treated in the same way as other students. School work and grades should not be affected by diabetes. 3. SNACKS The student who has diabetes may need a snack in the morning and/or in the afternoon, since these are the times when insulin has its greatest effect and blood sugars may be low. Time of morning snack: _____________________ Time of afternoon snack:_____________________ Student will usually have a snack in his/her: box___ cubby___ pack___ purse___ other ____ 4. INSULIN REACTIONS Insulin reactions are the only diabetes emergencies that are likely to occur at school. There are two types of insulin reactions, Low Blood Sugar Levels and High Blood Sugar Levels. Both are outlined below: LOW BLOOD SUGAR (also called hypoglycemia) A. Onset: May be SUDDEN and if not treated PROMPTLY, it can become an EMERGENCY. B. Signs and Symptoms (may vary, may be any or several of the following):
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