From Anderson, South Carolina, USA:
It is hard to belive that a parent would not provide the necessary attention that is required by a child with diabetes, but we all realize that some children are neglected, regardless of their medical demands. I have read quite a bit of information regarding the school's responsibilities for meeting the needs of students with diabetes, but I have been unable to find specific information on what the parents' responsibilities are with relation to a child's care at the school. For example, are the parents required, by law, to provide the school with juice or candy to treat low blood sugars? What can a school nurse or administrator do if they suspect a child is not receiving adequate care, as evidenced by consistently high or low blood sugars? What are the parents' legal responsibilities in caring for a child with diabetes? This information would be helpful for school personnel who might be advocating better parental involvement.
I don't think there are specific legal responsibilities for parents of a child with diabetes other than the general child protection laws. If school personnel suspect inadequate care then they do one (or more) of several things:
- Document (in writing) why it is believed the child is not getting adequate care. This might include blood glucose records, reports of hypoglycemic events, failure to provide supplies, etc.
- Make certain that you have addressed your concerns (in detail) with the child's parents and retain documentation of your meeting, phone call, etc. with them.
- Allow the parents to respond to your concerns either in writing or at a meeting during which minutes are kept with a copy going to the parents.
- Permit sufficient time for parents to rectify your concerns.
- If you have a signed release to interact with the child's diabetes team, express your concerns in writing to them.
- If you suspect severe neglect and have appropriate documentation, contact your child protection agency to conduct an investigation.
Original posting 9 Oct 2001
Posted to School and Daycare
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:25
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