Amanda Neubelt 0

Children with Type 1 Diabetes need insulin, not a tag-along!

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Children with diabetes type 1, are insulin dependent. When they are in the school setting, they will require insulin injections. The school, the child's medical team, and parents will decide what kind of care the child will receive while at school--- a group effort. Many schools train non-medical staff on how to administer insulin. This is considered ideal. The more who are educated on how to care for the child, the better. My child's school refuses to train non-medical staff on how to administer insulin, even though there are many schools in our district who do train non-medical staff. Shouldn't the public schools in the district follow the same protocol? To make sure my daughter is safe the school has hired a 1 on 1 aide to shadow my daughter. Ironically, this aide has NO medical background. My daughter's doctors and I have told the school that a 1:1 aide is not necessary, is not needed, is not considered standard practice by the American Diabetes Association, and sends the wrong message to the child and staff. The school refuses to give in. My daughter is followed everywhere she goes. On school field trips, my daughter's non-medically trained aide and the school nurse tag along. A complete waste of resources. PLEASE CONSIDER SIGNING THIS PETITION IF: You agree that (if state laws allow) schools should be willing to train non-medical staff on how to give insulin injections, especially if other schools in the district are doing the same thing successfully. You agree it is a waste of resources to hire 1:1 aides to follow a child with diabetes type 1 in school, especially when the child's family and medical team have requested the opposite, and it has been proven by other schools in the district that a 1:1 aide is not needed (so long as school staff are well trained and educated on diabetes management). You agree that the key to successful management of diabetes type 1, is training and education, and believe that the more school staff who know how to care for a diabetic child, the better. You agree that all schools in the same district should follow the same protocol with regards to dealing with children with medical needs. You agree that a child should be able to attend the school in their district that best supports their medical needs. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME!!!


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