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A simple checklist for going back to school with diabetes

by IBD Medical on January 09, 2023

Diabetes Management at School

 Getting back into the routine of school takes a little more preparation for kids with diabetes. However, the preparation can pay off over time. Since our kids spend so much of their waking hours in school, reliable diabetes care during the school day is important.

Some older kids might be more comfortable testing their blood sugar and injecting insulin. Younger kids and those who just found out they have diabetes will need much more support with their everyday diabetes care.

In a perfect world, all teachers and other school staff would understand how to manage diabetes so they could support your child as needed. But in reality, we will need to provide information to the school and work with staff to keep your child safe and healthy. Here are a few tips to help you get started:

Making a Diabetes Management Plan

Before the year begins, meet with your child’s health care team to develop a personalised Diabetes Medical Management Plan. Then visit the school and review the plan with the principal, office secretary, teachers, and other staff who may have responsibility for your child during school time.


It is important to share with the school staff the following: 

  • Target blood sugar range and consider whether your child needs help checking their blood sugar levels
  • Your child’s specific hypoglycaemia symptoms and how to treat it
  • Insulin or other medication used by your child
  • Meal and snack plans. For some inspirations, check out our diabetes-friendly recipe page
  • How to manage physical activity and sports

Team up with School Staff Work with teachers and other staff to make sure all the bases are covered for a safe and successful year.

Kids with diabetes need to be physically active just like other kids. In fact, physical activity can help them use less insulin because it lowers blood sugar. Talk with the physical education instructor about what your kid needs to participate fully and safely.

Make a Diabetes Checklist

Create a backpack checklist that you and your child can use every day to be sure all necessary supplies are packed with a few examples below:

  • Blood sugar meter and extra batteries, testing strips, lancets
  • Insulin and syringes/pens 
  • Cleaning wipes wipes
  • Water
  • Glucose tablets that will raise blood sugar levels quickly
  • Also make sure your child wears a medical ID necklace or bracelet every day. 


All in all, diabetes and life in general is by nature ever-changing and unpredictable. But with a bit of organisation, you can at the very least feel confident that you and your child can adapt to whatever scenario pops up at school. Remember, you're doing the best you can and there is no perfect solution. This is where inviting in extra support (such as notifying and equipping teachers) can be significantly important. Don't be afraid to invite your child into this conversation and work with them collaboratively on making a diabetes plan that makes them feel confident too.


Our Services and Blog posts are NOT intended to substitute any professional medical advice or treatment and are offered for informational purposes only. Remember to always work with your doctor before changing anything about your medication or diabetes management. The above information is NOT medical advice.