Hi there... how do you like the Ping? We will be upgrading to one in June and I can't wait! Love love love Animas!!!!!
Sending a child off to school with D is so scary. I was petrified when my son started, although I shouldn't have been. Here are some things that we did that really helped:
Write up a 504 for your child and schedule a meeting with the principal, school nurse and teacher before school starts. There are great examples of well written 504 plans on the Children With Diabetes website. I used one for a template and modified it to suit our needs.
We send a small "logbook"/notebook daily to school with our son to communicate with his school nurse. She will write down the times he was tested and what his sugars were to we can keep on top of trends. An example of what a typical day:
April 30, 2010
7:45am 145 54g breakfast 3.8 units insulin given
Lunch: Sandwich: 45g, Banana 20 g, Yogurt 25 g. Total g = 90g. 4.5 units insulin needed to cover lunch.
The nurse keeps a supply kit in her office and we also have Ted keep a meter, strips, lancet, and glucose tabs on him, in cargo pants. He has glucagon in his backpack and the nurse has one as well.
He's allowed to test anywhere in the school and at any time. He usually just tests his sugar at his desk and tells his teacher the number. If there is a problem, the school nurse will get on the phone or come to the classroom. Every staff member in the school needs to be aware of his condition, and what the symptoms of hypoglycemia are.
Any field trip he has that a nurse does not go on, a parent is allowed to attend. Same for parties in the classroom that contain food.
Extra sick days are to be expected and have it stated that your child will not be penalized for missed days.
One last piece of advice: Become your school nurse's best friend! It helps :) I've developed a wonderful relationship with our nurse and she really looks out for Ted, as do the rest of the staff. I volunteer as much as I can at the school and try to help them understand Ted's condition and make their lives a bit easier. It's scary for some of the teachers. We've had teachers actually say "Is this really necessary, all this testing and stuff?" It's crazy sometimes. Some are afraid. Some jump right in and are wonderful. A lot of it will depend on you and how you handle it.
So this was so long winded. I hope I gave you some useful info!