Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases among children and youth. It requires appropriate care in the school setting to ensure student safety, well-being and optimal academic performance.
Type 1 Diabetes is the most common in childhood years. Lack of exercise, poor nutrition, obesity and family predisposition has led to the rise of Type 2 Diabetes among children.
Provincial standards create a safe and supportive environment for children by outlining the roles and responsibilities of parents/guardians, school administrators, and health authorities.
- Provincial Standards: Supporting Students with Type 1 Diabetes in the School Setting (PDF)
- Normes provinciales relatives au soutien offert en milieu scolaire aux élèves atteints de diabète de type 1 (PDF)
Standards, services and supports are based on best practice developed by Child Health BC:
- Diabetes Care in the School Settings: Evidence-Informed Key Components, Care Elements and Competencies
Learn about keeping student records and medical alerts:
Planning with Parents
Work closely with parents to provide the support their child's needs – especially in an emergency situation.
Create a support plan: Start building a support plan for each child by having parents complete the following form:
- The Diabetes Support Plan and Medical Alert Information Form (PDF)
- Formulaire - Plan de gestion du diabète (PDF)
Request nursing support: Assist parents with notifying Nursing Support Services of children that need assistance with monitoring glucose levels or administering insulin:
Emergency planning: If parents wish to have glucagon given in the event of an emergency, have them complete the following form and get it signed by their child’s physician.
- Diabetes Medication Administration Form (PDF)
- Formulaire - Administration de medicaments pour_le diabète (PDF)