West Virginia - Chronic Conditions—diabetes plan: Policy requirement

Area: 
Policy Or Plan Requirements
Policy Type: 
statute; regulation
Summary: 

State law addresses diabetes plan.

West Virginia Code 18-2K-3. Establishment and implementation of diabetes care plans by county boards to support and assist students with diabetes.

Each county board of education shall establish and adopt a diabetes care plan which shall be implemented in schools in which students diagnosed with diabetes are enrolled. The plan shall be adopted not later than six months after the State Board of Education adopts guidelines for the plans pursuant to section two of this article. The plan shall meet all of the guidelines for diabetes care plans adopted by the State Board of Education pursuant to section two of this article. In particular, the boards shall require the implementation of the procedures set forth in those guidelines for the development and implementation of individual diabetes care plans. County boards also shall make available necessary information and staff development to teachers and school personnel in order to appropriately support and assist students with diabetes in accordance with their individual diabetes care plans.


West Virginia Code 18-2K-2. Adoption of guidelines for individual diabetes care plans.

(a) The State Board of Education shall adopt guidelines for the development and implementation of individual diabetes care plans on or before the first day of January 1, 2007. The guidelines for information and allowable actions in a diabetes care plan shall meet or exceed the American Diabetes Association's recommendations for the management of children with diabetes in the school and day care setting. The State Board of Education shall consult with the Bureau for Public Health and the Department of Health and Human Resources in the development of these guidelines. The State Board of Education also shall consult with county board of education employees who have been designated as responsible for coordinating their individual county's efforts to comply with federal regulations adopted under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, 29 U.S.C. § 794. In its development of these guidelines, the State Board of Education shall consider recent resolutions by the Office of Civil Rights of the United States Department of Education regarding investigation of complaints alleging discrimination against students with diabetes.

The guidelines adopted by the state board shall include:

  • (1) Procedures for school nurses to develop an individual diabetes care plan for any student diagnosed with diabetes, which shall involve the parent or guardian, the student's health care provider, the student's classroom teacher, the student if appropriate, and other appropriate school personnel;

  • (2) Procedures for regular review of an individual care plan.

  • (3) Information to be included in a diabetes care plan, including the responsibilities and appropriate staff development for teachers and other school personnel, an emergency care plan, the identification of allowable actions to be taken, the extent to which the student is able to participate in the student's diabetes care and management and other information necessary for teachers and other school personnel in order to offer appropriate assistance and support to the student; and

  • (4) Procedures for information and staff development to be made available to teachers and other school personnel inorder to appropriately support and assist students with diabetes.

(b) The State Board of Education shall provide that the guidelines and any subsequent changes are published and disseminated to county boards of education


Code of State Rules 126-86-11

11.4. Students with disabilities who have chronic conditions, including but not limited to asthma, diabetes,gastrointestinal disorders, cardiac disorders, and known food allergies are eligible for a locally developed Individualized Health Care Plan (IHCP) developed by the certified school nurse; a Section 504 Plan; or an Individualized Education Program (IEP) inclusive of a Medical Statement for Special Dietary Needs.
West Virginia Secretary of State


Code of State Rules 126-27-6. Roles and Responsibilities

6.5.b Self-administer prescribed emergency or acute medications, such as but not limited to epinephrine, insulin, asthma inhaler or ibuprofen when the prescription indicates that said student may maintain possession of the medication.  The student must be able to bring the medication to school, carry the medication in a safe and responsible manner, and use the medication only as prescribed.  At the discretion of county boards of education, high school students (not below grade 9) may be allowed to carry and self-administer non-prescribed OTC medication with parent/guardian authorization, unless restricted by the administrator/principal.
West Virginia Secretary of State

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