The purpose of the principal checklist is to ensure that a student with type 1 diabetes can return to school confidently, knowing that careful and accurate preparations have been undertaken.

It should be used to prevent misunderstanding and ensure consistency among stakeholders. The checklist (using tick-boxes) makes certain all relevant actions have been considered.

The principal checklist provides specific information regarding what actions the principal needs to do, and how, where and when each action should be done. It has been written in a systematic way to make sure that nothing important is forgotten and that the process will be completed the same way each time.

It is important that steps are not forgotten and actions are being done within an established order. The checklist is to be used as a step by step guide to confirm when actions have been completed. It can facilitate communication between students, parent/carer, principals, and health professionals.