Teachers should be aware that type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder in which the body does not produce insulin. Students with type 1 diabetes must take insulin injections or use an insulin pump to manage their blood sugar levels. It is important for teachers to be aware of the signs and symptoms of low and high blood sugar levels, and to be prepared to help the student if needed. Teachers should also be aware of the student's individual needs and be prepared to provide accommodations, such as allowing the student to have snacks or drinks in class, or to take breaks to check their blood sugar levels. Finally, teachers should be aware of the student's emergency plan in case of a medical emergency.
One in 700 children of school age has diabetes. It is therefore likely that you will teach or supervise a child with the condition at some time.
What all staff NEED to know from Diabetes UK
Teachernet. Supporting pupils with medical needs
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