This is Misbah. My son is T1D and was diagnosed when he was three years old. Currently he is fourteen years old and freshman in high school.
I have a very serious concern which I would like to discuss here and would welcome any advise to deal with this situation.
My son is currently studying in a private school (ninth grade). We are from Canada and my son is studying here as an international student and is a boarder (staying at school provided dorms).
The school has currently sent an email which is very absurd and is a reason of creating mental stress for my son just because he has diabetes. See the excerpt below from the email:
“As we face the unknown challenges of our healthcare climate, we will expect the student to take primary responsibility regarding his diabetes care moving forward. We have identified the following four behaviors as challenges for the student and will expect to see him focus on the following in the 2020-2021 school year:
1- Student will be expected to respond to the sensor alarm immediately and within 5 minutes by contacting the Health Center to initiate and discuss an appropriate plan.***
2- Student will be expected to respond to communications (text or phone calls) from the nurses or athletic trainers immediately and within 5 minutes.***
3- Student will be expected to communicate the truth at all times.***
4- Student will be expected to check in with the evening nurse by 10 pm, unless off campus. In those cases, he will need to make an alternate plan prior to leaving.
The student will be given a three strike policy for not fulfilling the expectations outlined above. Upon the third strike, parents will be notified by the Head of Upper School and disciplinary actions, including the possibility of dismissal, will be addressed at that time.”
The last paragraph is really shocking. I received this information form the Head of Upper School in an email. I do not know how to attach the email here. I would appreciate it if you advise me and guide me as to what I should do in this scenario. Do I need to take legal action? Can we take legal action since we are not from US? How are international students with T1D protected in schools? Can someone refer a lawyer we can consult?
I have no one to turn to so would really appreciate any sort of feedback.