For School Nurses or Teachers

  • School nurses and teachers should know about diabetes.
  • Particularly, they should be educated in hypoglycemia and know the warning signs and what to do in case of an emergency.
  • They should also now about insulin dosage requirements and hypopack.
  • They should talk to the family, doctor, and student. Each will give information that they can use and they should ask about how to communicate with them. For example, a family may want to be able to talk to the school nurse whenever they want. A student may want to be able to go to the nurse at a certain time of day if they have to. The nurse and teacher should talk to the each person and see what they prefer. 
  • To help a student succeed, nurses and teachers can can:
    • Tell appropriate teachers about the student’s diabetes or help the student talk to their teacher, as long as the nurse or teacher themselves know the correct information.
    • Answer any questions that the teachers and other administrators may have.
    • Let the students change a test or class if they have high or low blood sugars.
    • Allow the student to take insulin in between classes or a meal.
    • Allow the student to eat snacks in class and go to the bathroom when they have to.
    • Allow the student to go home if required.
  • Nurses or teachers may want to keep extra insulin pens or vials, glucometers, testing strips, and a hypoack.
  • If the nurse or teacher do not know much about diabetes they should contact the doctor or the student’s guardian.


Information and images from are from or inspired by Living the Sweet Life with Diabetes: The Art of balancing insulin, diet, and exercise by Dr. Santosh Gupta, MD, MRCP (UK), CDE.  You can access the book here:

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