The Care of Diabetes Act went into effect in 2010.
ILGA – Compiled Statutes
Basic information about the law
- Diabetes care plan is required (with physician’s orders).
- Glucometer readings shall be recorded using a standardized format provided by the State Board of Education.
- School districts have the option of using delegated care aides:
- Employee agrees to receive training in diabetes care and to assist students in implementing their diabetes care plan.
- Has an agreement with the parents
- Has an agreement with the school district
- Is not liable for civil or other damages as a result of conduct, other than willful or wanton misconduct related to the care of a diabetic student.
- Delegated care aides are to be trained to:
- Check blood glucose and record results
- Recognize and respond to the symptoms of hypoglycemia
- Recognize and respond to the symptoms of hyperglycemia
- Estimate the number of carbohydrates in snack and lunch.
- Administer insulin according to the student’s diabetes care plan and record the amount administered.
- Respond in an emergency, including administration of glucagon and call 911.
- If an extra dose of insulin is required while the child is under the care of the care aide, the care aide shall consult the nurse, parent, or physician.
- In schools where diabetes students attend, all staff shall be trained in the basics of diabetes care:
- How to identify when the student needs immediate or emergency medical attention.
- Who to contact in case of emergency.
- Management of school-sponsored activities: An information sheet shall be provided to the school employee who transports the student that includes:
- Identification of the student with diabetes
- Potential emergencies that may result from diabetes and appropriate responses to the emergencies.
- Emergency contact information
- Student self care – student may manage his/her own diabetes care:
- In the classroom
- At any school related activity
- May keep all items in his/her possession to care for diabetes including glucagon, food, and drinks.
Insulin administration chart from ISBE