Do you have a 504 plan for school?
Children with diabetes require medical care to remain healthy, and the need for medical care does not end while the child is at school. 504 plans are designed to help children with diabetes and their parents ensure that the whole child is well-cared for while they're at school.
According to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, parents of qualifying children have the right to develop a Section 504 plan with their child’s school. To qualify for protection under Section 504, a child must have a record of such impairment, or be regarded as having such impairment - and diabetes is considered a qualifying impairment. Parents can use these laws to ensure that, while at school, their children with diabetes can fully participate in all school activities, while at the same time caring for their medical needs.
A Diabetes Medical Management Plan (DMMP) is a key pillar of the 504 plan, and usually includes: contact information for parents, caregivers, and the diabetes healthcare team; details on blood sugar monitoring; treatment plans for high and low blood sugar; a list of current medications; specifics on dietary needs; information regarding exercise, and any other information that the family feels is necessary and relevant.