Good planning and communication between families and schools is very important to ensure children are safe and supported at school during this period.

This checklist provides a practical starting place for planning a return to school.  Basic tasks include checking your child’s diabetes management plan and information is up-to-date and checking supplies are in date and replenished to ensure staff have the necessary supplies to support your child.

Remember, some anxiety is normal in these extraordinary times. However, it’s important families reach out for support if they or their children are feeling overwhelmed or very anxious.

STEP ONE: Diabetes Management Plan

Ensure the plan is up-to-date and liaise with the clinical treating team if needed

Key questions to consider:

  • Have there been management changes?
  • Are the emergency contact details up-to-date?

STEP TWO: Communication

Contact the school (principal or other designated staff member) and meet to discuss and plan for any changes

Key questions to consider:

  • Are the same school staff providing direct support for your child?
  • Has the school timetable/routine changed? Will it impact on the usual diabetes management plan?
  • Will the previous mode of communication continue to be used?
  • What will be the protocol for coming onto school grounds if needed to support your child?
  • Does the school have all the information they need?
  • Do staff require any additional training?

STEP THREE: Check Supplies

Check diabetes supplies & equipment for school which may include insulin, injection or pump supplies, glucose monitoring equipment, hypo kit, etc.

Key questions to consider:

  • Is the insulin at school still in date?
  • Are the glucose and/or ketone strips still in date?
  • Do any supplies need replenishing?

STEP FOUR: Advice and support

Advice and support is available – contact your clinical treating team (clinical and psychosocial support), access Diabetes in School resources and information or call the NDSS help line.

Key questions to consider:

  • Are you concerned about your child’s glucose levels?
  • Do you want advice on how to manage anxiety or worry for you or your child?
  • Are you having difficulties with talking to the school?