Stupid school district

By Diabetesgrrl Latest Reply 2010-03-24 02:01:49 -0500
Started 2010-02-14 22:30:34 -0600

So i just found out that the school district might make a rule that ALL diabetes supplies have to stay in the office at all times…wtf really??? i go to a really small outdoors school we spend like a 1/3 of the day outside, on the river,etc what happens if i go low skiing on the river??? r they really go this????? we r going to petition it a lot of diabetcs and their familys so please wish us luck fighting against the "big mean" school board!

24 replies

scribbles 2010-03-24 02:01:49 -0500 Report

Talk to your doctor about this. He may be able to talk some sense into the school board. My daughter was 14 and I had to threaten to charge the entire school board with "reckless endagerment". Trying to harm/injure/maim somebody. Usually a petition or a lecture from a doctor does the trick. It seems the school board is afraid of what they don't understand.
It used to be the law that one could not drive unless someone walked ahead of you waving a red flag to warn others that you were coming.
Things have changed and will change. You must be patient and polite.

rankearl 2010-02-19 19:45:59 -0600 Report

thart cant be right ask the schoool board if they want to pay for a nurse to stay with you to make sure your ok my thoughts are with you hope everything goes ok hugs julie

Diabetesgrrl 2010-02-19 18:32:46 -0600 Report

so it was totally a scam a rumor…the district is investigating

Roy531 2010-02-19 18:41:51 -0600 Report

God does answer prayers. That will take some of the stress off of you. Glad to hear the good news.

dj7110 2010-02-15 10:43:16 -0600 Report

best of luck with your school board.. been fighting my daughters as well.. She has asthma and has to keep her ashma medicine locked up in nurses office.. and nurse is only at school half day.. grrr.. something has to be done different concerning certain meds.. David

ptsparkle 2010-02-15 09:34:12 -0600 Report

Put the pressure on the school board. Educate them on how quickly a low can occur etc. When you go before the board, perhaps having a Dr. there to testify in your behalf. Others suggested contacting the ADA…Good idea. Good luck, and never give up.

MAYS 2010-02-15 08:03:34 -0600 Report

Here is some advice :

First and foremost write a letter to the school and school board explaining your situation as a diabetic and ask them what is their policy concerning this, give them a chance to explain their policy and reasoning for such in writing … then you can take it from there.

Deborah L
Deborah L 2010-02-15 21:57:44 -0600 Report

Mays is right, the school may have concerns about "sharps" and meds being used by other kids. I worked at a charter school where the kids would loan out their inhalers to other students. And the legal concerns will be a deciding factor for them. Until someone finds out what those are, you may not reach a solution. There must be laws and procedures protecting you as a disabled student. Good luck and congrats on actively fighting for your needs.

kdroberts 2010-02-15 06:54:17 -0600 Report

Legally I think they may have a tough time on that one, especially since the last amendments to the Americans With Disabilities Act. If you have issue, contact the advocacy department at the ADA.

Roy531 2010-02-15 06:50:57 -0600 Report

I read about a person that went to a concert and they would not let him take his supplies with him, had his insulin with him he sued them over it and won the case. They said in court a person cannot be denied his medication and should not have to leave it in case something was to happen. All it would take is something to happen once and if the school was sued over it. If your blood sugar goes to high you may not be able to walk to the office to get it.

Pam from KCMO
Pam from KCMO 2010-02-15 06:14:24 -0600 Report

Spiritwalker had a good idea - contact the American Diabetes Association, they might be able to help or the site may have some info useful to you.

I'd have non-diabetic friends and adults sign your petition, too. Then I'd get a group together and go to a school board meeting where I'd present my petition and have members of the group 'testify' on why this is important. Most school boards will have a time set aside for 'public comment' on their agendas. In Kansas City, where I live, there's a sign-up sheet when you first come in for those who have a comment or issue to bring up.

Having your supplies with you at all times - especially if you spend 1/3 of your time away from the school building - is critical medically and reassuring emotionally. If you can get a doc or two to tell that to the school board, so much the better.

And I'd call or email your local newspaper, TV, and radio stations and let them know what you're planning to do ahead of time. Nothing like a little news coverage to get the attention of elected officials! They don't like reporters in their face asking nosy questions. I know - I used to be one (a reporter - not an elected official!)

Good luck, my dear - and keep your new friends here updated on what happens!

Good luck.

Pam from KCMO
Pam from KCMO 2010-02-15 06:22:49 -0600 Report

Here's another thought: the first step you might take is to write a letter outlining your situation. Send it to the Superintendent of Schools and every member of the Board of Education. Make sure to include your contact information and ask that they reconsider this policy and to please respond to you with their decision. Be very polite, explain how being separated from your diabetes supplies is both dangerous and scary to you and other diabetics.

Meanwhile, keep gathering signatures!

cc9 2010-02-15 08:29:50 -0600 Report

yep and i would also include that if you got into a low sugar situation it is a matter of life and death for a diabetic and that the school could get sued for failing their duty of care to a student with diabetes. and that is negligence. maybe also get the ADA to state that every diabetic person has been instructed on using insulin. get an idea of what some of the possible objections the board may have re meds with you and prepare your answers to them. good luck. great to see an empowered young person.

Harlen 2010-02-15 00:20:16 -0600 Report

We are there for you just let us know where to send the letters too
we will give them an ear full
best wishes

spiritwalker 2010-02-14 23:45:28 -0600 Report

I wish you the best of luck taking this matter to your school
board. Have you considered contacting the ADA? They
might be able to help you with a plan.

hbkunkel 2010-02-15 06:17:45 -0600 Report

I agree - contact that ADA and they have the expertese to help you out. I am quite sure that the school is trying to protect themselves from any possible lawsuit by you or anyone else. I am not saying that is good or fair but it happens. I hope they listen to your reasoning and help to accommodate you for your own safety. Good Luck and let us know the outcome.

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-02-14 22:42:50 -0600 Report

Wish you the best of luck with that. Carry glucose tablets with you so that if you feel you are starting to drop than you can just pop one in your mouth. At my school I was the only diabetic and it wasn't until we got a school nurse (no nurse! insane!) that I had to turn my stuff in. I could still carry it with me if I wanted to, like if I had an extra monitor, but insulin and needles stayed with nurse. Anywho, I wish you the best of luck! And if that rule passes, than maybe they will see what a pain in the butt it is having students run in and out of the office and they'll change their mind :)

Diabetesgrrl 2010-02-14 22:52:15 -0600 Report

yea this is my schools first year so we don't have a nurse but i have extra of Everything in the office but still carry my real bag with me