Families, health care providers and school nurses, administrators, teachers and other school staff are all committed to ensuring that students with diabetes can learn in a safe environment with the same educational opportunities as students without diabetes.
The development of a written accommodations and care plan developed under federal disability law—such as a Section 504 Plan or Individualized Education Program (IEP)—is the best way to ensure that your child's diabetes needs are met.
State laws, regulations and policies determine who in the school setting is allowed to perform or assist with diabetes care tasks.
Federal and some state laws protect students with diabetes and their families against discrimination at school. These federal laws include:
Section 504 is a federal civil rights law to prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law that requires states to provide a "free, appropriate public education" to children with disabilities.