Alberta education unveils guide for schools and Type 1 diabetes

ST. ALBERT, AB — The province has released new guidelines to help schools develop plans for students with Type 1 diabetes.

Education Minister announced the Guide for Supporting Students with Type 1 Diabetes in School Tuesday morning in St. Albert. The guide, developed along with Diabetes Canada, allows schools to begin developing their own policies for the students.

“My expectation is that these guidelines will help to ensure greater consistency in how students with this disease are supported in Alberta schools,” Eggen said during the announcement. “It is an important part of helping them manage their condition and staying healthy, so they can focus on learning.”

Type 1 diabetes occurs when the pancreas stops making insulin. It requires regular management of blood sugar and insulin injections for treatment. Eggen says approximately 2,300 school age children in Alberta have Type 1 diabetes.

The guidelines includes information for school staff to consider for students to help them remain part of the classroom activities, as well as determine how teachers and other school staff can respond if students are in need of emergency care.

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