Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
April 21, 2009
School and Daycare
Question from Atlanta, Georgia, USA:
My 10-year-old son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of six. He recently got a pump. Due to us getting familiar with the new system, my son has missed more days from school than normal. I always write a note for him to return to school, however, the school is requiring that he have a doctor's note when he misses a day of school. This is very inconvenient and the school is aware of his diabetes. Is there a law or act that deals with this issue or something that states that diabetic related illness are excused if a written note is provided by the parent? Do I have to get a doctor's note every time my son is absent due to his diabetes?
While it is common practice for many schools to require a doctor’s note if three or more days are missed in a row, it is unusual to request a fnote or an occasional day missed. Look at the school’s absentee policy and find out what is required of other students who are absent for a day. Also, be sure to write a provision in your child’s 504 plan that excuses your child’s absence – without penalty and with the ability to make up missed assignments – for diabetes related appointments and care/illness. For more information and to discuss your individual situation with ADA’s Legal Advocate, call ADA at 1-800-DIABETES and see the ADA’s web page on School Discrimination.