OUTREACH & ENGAGEMENT COMMITTEE
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month (NDAM). Please take some time to check out our T1D topics. We encourage you to share this information on your social media to help educate and raise awareness about Type 1 Diabetes.
The following message was shared in 2017 with members of the Paediatric Diabetes Network, on behalf of Dr. Sarah Lawrence (CHEO), and Dr. Mark Palmert (SickKids), supported by The Charles H. Best Diabetes Centre.
Have you seen the recently launched Diabetes@School website? It is choc-full of valuable information and resources to support safe and effective diabetes management at school, speaking specifically to awareness, literacy, and expertise. The site also offers many tools and resources that can be shared and used for daycares, coaches, babysitters, sleepovers, etc.
Diabetes@School is a national initiative developed by the Canadian Paediatric Society, in partnership with Diabetes Canada and the Canadian Paediatric Endocrine Group. The website features bilingual training resources for use by educators, school boards, and parents of children with diabetes.
PROVINCIAL SCHOOLS POLICY
As you may have heard, the Ministry of Education has released a policy memorandum requiring school boards to develop a Prevalent Medical Conditions Policy by September 2018, to include diabetes. Click HERE to read the news release from October of this year for more detail about the policy.
Click HERE to read the Canadian Paediatric Society/Diabetes Canada response to the new policy introduced by the Ministry of Education.
Drs Lawrence and Palmert agree that this policy announcement is a huge step forward, but they do point out a couple things they'd like modified, which include:
asking each and every school board to develop a policy, as opposed to being province-wide
a diabetes-specific appendix, outlining clearly what the minimum standards should be, would further support the success of the initiative
mandating that schools are required to designate individuals to provide hands-on support to those who need it would be effective than just making the suggestion
the structure of how the care plan is written, compared to the national care plan, introducing a risk that it will be less standardized.
Advocacy tip sheets are being sent out to families by the CPS and Diabetes Canada, summarizing the status of the policy and detail steps parents and students can take to advocate for a local policy. Also, the first of 5 video modules on the Diabetes@School website to complement the existing resources.
The 2nd of 5 modules will include:
Understanding Blood Sugar: The Basics for School Staff
Insulin: What School Staff Need to Know
Physical activity and type 1 diabetes: What school staff should know
Food and type 1 diabetes: What school staff need to know
Stay tuned for more great content to come from Diabetes@School!
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Past NDAM postings:
T1D Stickers and Accessories | Driving with T1D | Pump Lingo | Dawn Phenomenon | Blood Sugar Management Get Diabetes Right | Foot Care | Sleep: the lost frontier | Glycemic Index | Medication Management