The reality is that if you are a teacher, or work at a
school, there will most likely be one or more students at the
school who have type 1 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is also on the
rise among school students, though it is still rare to be diagnosed
with type 2 diabetes at this young age.
It is critical that school staff receive the necessary education
and assistance to be able to support students with diabetes and
keep them safe at school.
For students with type 1 diabetes, daily injections, constant
blood glucose monitoring and counting carbohydrates are a way of
life. As students spend almost 40 per cent of their waking time at
school, it is essential that schools provide safe, healthy and
Importantly, students need an appropriate place to effectively
manage their diabetes and inject insulin if needed, they should be
free from intimidation or shame about having type 1 diabetes, and
they should feel confident they can fully participate in everything
school has to offer.