Communicating with schools
When a child with type 1 diabetes (T1D) is in the school system, it is important for both parents and school personnel to communicate effectively and build a plan of action together. The needs of parents, student, and school should be mutually communicated, heard, and understood. From the first day your child goes to school you should make every attempt to establish a partnership with the school that will create a supportive environment in which your child can learn and thrive.
The following tips will help nurture this partnership:
- Plan ahead to ensure you have communicated the necessary information to the appropriate staff.
- Meet with school personnel before the beginning of each school year or before your child with newly diagnosed diabetes returns to the classroom.
- Provide training and resources to staff that are involved in your child’s care.
- Be available to answer questions and provide support to the school, when required.
- Review your child’s diabetes management plan on a regular basis.
- Inform the teacher of any changes to your child’s diabetes management plan.
- Consider using a journal for communication. This will allow both you and the teacher to share notes on day-to-day activities, as well as any special circumstances or events.
Unexpected situations may arise during your child’s school year. Many of these experiences may take you by surprise. It is important to gather and understand all of the facts, create collaborative solutions, and learn from the experience. This process will ensure your child has the best possible school experience.