At first, diabetes can seem like too much to handle. It affects so many parts of life—what and when to eat, for example. And when your child has diabetes, you have to learn about a lot of things, such as insulin shots and testing your blood and urine.
Learning to live with diabetes can be a challenge. When your child is first diagnosed, you may have questions, concerns and fears. But although diabetes is a serious, life-long condition, there are millions of people with diabetes who live happy, normal lives.
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Resources for School Nurses
This section provides a number of resources related to the Diabetes at School act (Georgia HB 879) that was passed by the Georgia General Assembly in 2012. These resources, for school nurses, provide guidelines and assistance for the implementation of appropriate guidelines within their schools.
Children’s Educational Opportunities
Train the Trainer School Nurse Update will be offered annually in August
The Caregiver Class:
This monthly class, held at Scottish Rite hospital, gives an overview of all the skills required to care for a child with Type 1 DM including insulin administration and dosing for multiply daily injections, carbohydrate counting, treatment of high blood sugar, low blood sugar and effects of exercise and illness.
Collaboration with School Districts:
The Registered Nurses listed below have agreed to serve as a support team for questions related to Diabetes at School and the implementation of the guidelines.
Carol Darsey, Liberty County Lead Nurse
Lynne Meadows, Fulton County Lead Nurse
Jennifer Poole-Ross, Gwinnett County Lead Nurse
Angela Bryant-Curry, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta School Health Consultant
Resources for Daycare Providers
Bright from the Start, Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning along with the Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies of Georgia offer services to assist with providing quality child care to all children, including children with diabetes. This service is the Inclusion Program and is staffed with Inclusion Coordinators who serve every county in Georgia. You can locate Inclusion resources by accessing the Bright from the Start website by clicking here.
The rules and regulations governing Georgia child care currently stipulate that only licensed professionals may administer insulin to children with diabetes in out-of-home child care. Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning is the department that enforces these rules and regulations.
However, Bright from the Start can grant providers variances to these specific rules and regulations in regard to diabetes management. Please contact your county Inclusion Coordinator and request the Bright from the Start Policy for Diabetes Management to learn how a daycare center can apply for this variance. (Policies for Diabetes Management by Providers.)
Bright from the Start
Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (GACCRRA)
50 Executive Park South, Suite 5015 Atlanta, GA 30329
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta provides a state approved diabetes management training class called the Caregiver Class. Click here for registration and class times (this class provides 5 clock hours of Training Credit for daycare providers.)
Click here to download the Diabetes Community Resource Guide.