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  1. Misty
    Misty August 3, 2011 at 7:10 am | | Reply

    Thank you, Hallie, for sharing these great tips and resources. I was very nervous sending Ally back to school after her diagnosis, but thanks to you and others in the DOC, I feel very well prepared this year.

  2. Meri
    Meri August 3, 2011 at 9:23 am | | Reply

    Thank you so much Hallie for the resources! When I was putting our 504′s together for the first time a few years ago, I was so lost. Many schools discourage families from submitting 504′s. But it is important to remember it is our children’s right to have one. Better safe than sorry.

  3. nicole
    nicole August 3, 2011 at 9:44 am | | Reply

    wonderful post Hallie, thank you for sharing some great tips. Cara will be starting grade 1 and I’m starting to get everything ready for her and her teachers/school.

    Unfortunately we don’t have a 504 plan in Canada and in Ontario we have no provincial policies or guidelines for teachers and principals to follow it is all up to the principal as to what they will allow. This information has been very helpful!!

  4. Lora
    Lora August 3, 2011 at 11:10 am | | Reply


    Thanks for sharing. This stuff takes a long time to put together and it helps so much when we have a place to start.

  5. Richard
    Richard August 3, 2011 at 12:24 pm | | Reply

    Not having children or any desire to get them, your post still hit me for another reason: the “I didn’t know” thing. In highschool I had a friend who had Type 1 Diabetes, this was known and at times it played a role here and there. But mostly, it was out of sight.
    Then, when at 21 I myself was Diagnosed with type 1, my evaluation of certain things we had done together changed so drastically. It was, as you say, rather emberassing in a way. I felt, well, a bad friend in a way.

    On the other hand it also provides me with a better understanding that people their unawareness of Diabetes related things doesn’t come from a bad place, so I guess that overall the experience has made me more patient in explaining things and at the same time more aware of how others perceive it.
    I’m glad to see someone else coming from the same position and using it for good :)

  6. Wendy
    Wendy August 3, 2011 at 12:27 pm | | Reply

    Great post, Hallie! Back to school can be a very stressful time. Thanks for offering such great tips and resources! I can’t wait to hear how Sweets likes Kindergarten!!!!!!

    What a blessing to have perspective from both sides of the Kindergarten coin ;)

  7. Hallie
    Hallie August 3, 2011 at 1:09 pm | | Reply

    Thank you so much for having me here today, ladies! As much as we might try to deny it, school is right around the corner! Hopefully I provided some useful tips – or at the very least, an “I get it”!

  8. Vanessa
    Vanessa August 3, 2011 at 2:35 pm | | Reply

    Good luck with Sweets in Kindergarten! She will be great. I had the same reservations with my son, diagnosed at 2 1/2 when he began Kindergarten. I also now work at an elementary school, and see these children from the school’s perspective. I must say that at our school, the younger children are in good hands. The only thing I must add to your post is the issue with substitute teachers. Sometimes they arrive at the last minute, and can often forget something. Even a Kindergartner needs to be taught by the parents and regular teacher to speak up, if something contradicts what she knows needs to happen.

  9. Laura
    Laura August 3, 2011 at 2:39 pm | | Reply

    Perfect timing!
    As I am sitting here preparing Nate’s 504 for his 1st year at school — Preschool that is. :)

    This post and you blog have been so helpful for me to get everything in order and feel like I am totally prepared for Nate to head off to Pre-K!

    Thank you, Hallie!

  10. June S.
    June S. August 3, 2011 at 4:32 pm | | Reply

    Excellent post, Hallie! Sweets will do wonderfully at school, I’m sure – despite her Type I diabetes. I’ve had Type I for 39 years, and have been a school teacher (special area – rather than Grade K, 1, 2, etc.) for 16 years. The school that employs me does a great job of allowing the parent of a diabetic child to meet with all of the special area teachers beforehand so that they will no what to do in case of an emergency. We also have a WONDERFUL school nurse, though I realize not every school is so fortunate as to have a nurse at all. Make sure that your child’s classroom teacher keeps diabetes emergency information on the desk for substitute teachers, and, of course, that all special area teachers are also informed. That’s my 2 cents!

  11. Reyna
    Reyna August 3, 2011 at 5:35 pm | | Reply

    Oh Hallie…what a wonderful perspective you have as a teacher in the school. Your education and care info is on target. I found my eyes were definitely opened as a sub-school-nurse. WOW…and heck even as a nurse. I had no idea about the challenges our children would face at home living their day-to-day lives…let alone…in school. Love you and your support to all in the DOC.

    What a wonderful guest post Amy and Allison…Thank you!

  12. tom
    tom August 3, 2011 at 5:42 pm | | Reply

    Nice post and it totally took me back to my experience with my daughter, Amy. Amy was diagnosed in the middle of her Kindergarten, besides being overwhelmed by diabetes, I was most horrified at how we were going to get her through each day of school. She’s now in middle school, beside a few lows and rogue cupcakes, we got through grade school just fine. Like you said, the most important tool is communications, talk with her teachers, talk with her friends so that if your daughter hits a low on the playground they will know to get help, and talk with the school nurse and front office people. They will be on your side. The other thing that really helped was getting Amy on an insulin pump before she started first grade. That made correction doses and averting lows much easier.

    On a positive note about school, I’ve found that the routine of it can help manage diabetes a little easier. You’ll see next summer.

    I know that SweatPea starting the knew adventure of school seems overwhelming and very scary. She is going to be just fine because you are going to do what needs to be done.

  13. Daisy
    Daisy August 4, 2011 at 3:04 am | | Reply

    Wow, I never thought before about how scary it might be for D-Parents when their kid first starts school. As I was only 3 when I was diagnosed, I guess it was my mum and dad who had their concerns, but I was never made aware of these as far as I can remember.

    Thank you Hallie, for such a great post! I’m sure that many D-Parents will feel a bit more relaxed after using some of your tips! Good luck to Sweetpea for when she starts kindergarten :)

  14. Melissa
    Melissa August 4, 2011 at 6:19 am | | Reply

    When my Miss 2 was diagnosed my eldest DD was in her second year of school. It had been easy to send her off to school. All the usual things but fine. I kept thinking how hard it was going to be to send her to school with D. So many extra things to worry about and trusting others to keep her safe at a whole extra level to my other children as they have started school.

  15. Cure Diabetes
    Cure Diabetes August 8, 2011 at 10:15 am | | Reply

    This is such a great post! Another resource that can be helpful is the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation’s Guide for School Personnel and Childcare Providers. Free brochures can be ordered by emailing Check it out on the website here:

  16. Scott K. Johnson
    Scott K. Johnson August 9, 2011 at 8:34 am | | Reply

    Great post Hallie.

  17. Sarah Howard
    Sarah Howard September 2, 2011 at 3:37 am | | Reply

    I read this a month ago, and tried it yesterday, “just” talking to my son’s first-ever teacher. Within a minute I had dissolved into tears and was pretty much useless. Feeling ridiculous.

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