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Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee Join Ranks of States Keeping Students With Diabetes Safe at School
This spring, students with diabetes in three states are safer because of new laws requiring that schools take certain steps to provide diabetes care.
In Kentucky, House Bill 98 allows school staff to volunteer to be trained to assist children with diabetes with insulin administration (school staff were already allowed by law to assist with glucagon administration). In addition, the bill allows children, if they are capable to do so, to self-manage their diabetes while at school.
In Tennessee, a similar bill, Senate Bill 1445, allows school staff to be trained to administer insulin to students with diabetes. Like Kentucky, Tennessee already permitted school staff to assist with glucagon administration and allowed capable students to take care of their own diabetes at school.
In Alabama, Senate Bill 57 authorizes school staff to be trained to administer insulin and glucagon to students with diabetes when a school nurse is not present. The new law also ends the practice in some Alabama school districts of requiring children with diabetes to transfer to schools away from family and friends, simply because they have diabetes.
Unsure what laws apply in your state or what your child’s rights are to diabetes care in school? Contact us (1-800-DIABETES) to learn more and get help from a Legal Advocate.