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August 30, 2003

School and Daycare

Question from Claremont, New Hampshire, USA:

My 11 year old daughter has type�1 diabetes and is using an insulin pump. Her school is supporting her, but this issue has never arisen before. She's playing soccer, and the coach/principal is concerned with wearing her pump during practice and games. There is no precedent in our school system for this, and we wanted to know what other parents/students/school staff have done about students wearing their pumps during school. What is procedure in other states as far as how they wear it, what to do it gets hit or comes disconnected, etc.? Should we have something in writing to accompany the 504 plan?

Answer:

You definitely should have something in your daughter’s 504 plan, or as an attachment that’s mentioned in the plan. There are several options for pump use during physical activity, including disconnecting altogether. You and your daughter’s diabetes team should work out a plan to suits her needs.

SS