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15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Policy 3415 - ACCOMMODATING STUDENTS WITH DIABETES

The lead registered nurse who coordinates student health services or a designated Registered nurse is appointed by the district to develop and follow an individual health plan for each student with diabetes. The health plan shall include an individual emergency plan, and the plan shall be updated annually or more frequently as needed.

In addition to adhering to the requirements of each individual health care plan for the general care of students with diabetes, the district shall:

  • Consult and coordinate with the parents and health care providers of students with diabetes.
  • Train and supervise the appropriate staff in the care of students with diabetes.
  • Acquire necessary parent requests and instructions for treatment.
  • Acquire monitoring and treatment orders from licensed health care providers prescribing within the scope of their licensed authority.
  • Provide sufficient and secure storage for medical equipment and medication provided by the parent.
  • Permit students with diabetes to perform blood glucose tests, administer insulin, treat hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia, with easy access to the necessary supplies, equipment and medication necessary under their individual health care plan. This includes the option for students to carry the necessary supplies (not to include a glucagon injection kit), equipment and medication on their person and perform monitoring and treatment functions wherever they are on schools grounds or at school sponsored events.
  • Permit students with diabetes unrestricted access to necessary food and water on schedule and as needed, and unrestricted access to bathroom facilities. When food is served at school events, provision shall be made for appropriate food to be available to students with diabetes.
  • Not withhold school meals from any student for disciplinary reasons. Students with diabetes shall not miss meals because they are not able to pay for them. The charge for the meal will be billed to the parent or adult student and collected consistent with district policies.
  • Distribute to parents and health care providers of students with diabetes a description of their student’s school schedule to facilitate the timing of monitoring, treatment and food consumption.
  • Distribute each student’s individual health care plan to appropriate staff based on the student’s needs and the staff member’s contact with the students.

Parents of students with diabetes may designate an adult to provide care for their student consistent with the student’s individual health care plan. At parent request, school district employees may volunteer to be a parent-designated adult under this policy, but they shall not be required to participate. Parent-designated adults who are school employees shall file a voluntary, written, current and unexpired letter of intent stating their willingness to be a parent-designated adult. Parent-designated adults who are school employees are required to receive training in caring for students with diabetes from a district school nurse or from a nationally certified diabetes educator. Parent- designated adults who are not school employees are required to show evidence of comparable training, and meet school district requirements for volunteers. Also, they shall receive additional training from a parent-selected health care professional or expert in diabetic care to provide the care requested by the parent. The lead school nurse and the designated school nurses are not responsible for the supervision of procedures authorized by the parents and carried out by the parent-designated adult.

The district, its employees, agents and parent-designated adults who act in good faith and in substantial compliance with the student’s individual health care plan and the instructions of the student’s health care provider shall not be criminally or civilly liable for services provided under chapter 350, Laws of 2002.

Cross References:
Education of Students with Disabilities Under Section 504 - Policy 2162,
Medication at School - Policy 3416
Student Fees, Fines and Charges - Policy 3520
Volunteers - Policy 5630

Legal References:   
Ch. 350, Laws of 2002
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 PL 101-336
Americans with Disabilities Act

Highline School District 401
Adopted by the Board: July 16, 2003
Revised by the Board: 02.09
Classification: Essential