T1D Extracurricular Activities and
School support is required
In our blog, 504 Plans and Extracurricular Activities we addressed the risky gaps in care for Type 1 Diabetics. We had discovered parents were just assuming it was not covered by the school. Or simply, they picked up the slack and worry.
Simply stated – school support is legally required.
This does not mean the school has to keep the clinic open or provide a nurse. There are other various “accommodations” a school can provide during the “off” hours to provide support.
Extracurricular Activities include
Band, Drill Team, Theater and more….
Here is what the school should provide:
- Designate a TRAINED staff member to be responsible for the student during non-school hour Extracurricular Activities. This should also include all off-campus activities.
- Provide Type 1 Diabetes Awareness Training to appropriate staff.
- Differences between Type 1 vs. Type 2
- Signs of High/Low blood sugars
- Treatment responses for High/Low blood sugars
- Emergency Response Procedure
- Glucagon Training depending on the situation
- Designate a staff member who will always have immediate access to emergency diabetes supplies.
In some cases, requiring staff to carry and keep extra supplies throughout all activities on and off campus.
- Depending on the activity and situation, the school may train staff in Glucagon administration.
What is the parent’s role?
- Informing the school of the student’s activity involvement.
- Providing an extra set of emergency supplies including an EXTRA Glucagon.
- Providing extra snacks/drinks for the activity
- Knowing who is responsible for the child during activities. Know how to reach this person. This is important for parents who are monitoring on a CGM. During non-school hours, school phones may not be answered.
- Allow the school to choose the staff member responsible to train. (The school can’t require non-medical staff to do training/treatment so another staff member may need to be chosen.)
- Be ahead of the game. Inform the school with advance notice so they can train staff prior to the start of the extracurricular activity.
- Don’t forget summer camps and summer training activities.
Communication is key
Good news! Most Extracurricular Activities occur in Middle School and High School. Even then, not all Type 1 Diabetic students may be able to self-manage completely depending on the stage since diagnosis. However, T1 students can and should communicate with their parents about a plan for these types of activities.
Communication is key when working with the school.
Information allows for accommodations
Most importantly, the Type 1 Diabetic student should not have to hide his condition to participate. Yes, there will be times a student may not be able to fully participate due to diabetes issues.
An informed and trained staff member should always accommodate the student in those situations. Diabetes should never prevent our kids from participating in the things they love.
Type 1 To Go provides more information on reports and letters issued by the U.S. Department of Education specifically regarding students with disabilities and extracurricular activities. Please visit our Extracurricular Page for these resources.
In addition, T1TG offers the following To Go Tools for families including several guides from Brandon Green, T1D and former NFL football player. Check out the T1ToGo tools!
- Extracurricular Activities Checklist
- Extracurricular Activities Plan
- Coaches Playbook for Diabetics
- Athletic Practices Guide for Diabetics
- My Extracurricular Game Plan
Extracurricular Activities with Type 1 Diabetes is definitely a Team Sport between student, parents and school!
Get your game plan going!
Written by Anne Imber
published on 5/22/2017
Anne Imber is the mom to a Type 1 Diabetic son diagnosed in 2009. As the Founder of Type 1 To Go Teen, Anne shares her experiences with other Type 1 families regarding many of the non-medical issues that Type 1 Diabetic Teens face. The website www.Type1ToGo.com provides support materials from her presentations. Anne is also the Co-Founder of Cy Fair Type One Connection, a T1 School Advocacy & Support Group for one of the largest school districts in Texas.
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