Outline of the state of Washington

Chronic Conditions—Diabetes Plan

Chronic Conditions—Diabetes Plan

State law addresses diabetes plans.

Farm-to-School Program

This document addresses plans to manage diabetes in schools

Policy Type

RCW 28A.210.330

(1) School districts shall provide individual health plans for students with diabetes, subject to the following conditions:

  • (a) The board of directors of the school district shall adopt policies to be followed for students with diabetes. The policies shall include, but need not be limited to:
  • (i) The acquisition of parent requests and instructions;
  • (ii) The acquisition of orders from licensed health professionals prescribing within the scope of their prescriptive authority for monitoring and treatment at school;
  • (iii) The provision for storage of medical equipment and medication provided by the parent;
  • (iv) The provision for students to perform blood glucose tests, administer insulin, treat hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia, and have easy access to necessary supplies and equipment to perform monitoring and treatment functions as specified in the individual health plan. The policies shall include the option for students to carry on their persons the necessary supplies and equipment and the option to perform monitoring and treatment functions anywhere on school grounds including the students' classrooms, and at school-sponsored events;
  • (v) The establishment of school policy exceptions necessary to accommodate the students' needs to eat whenever and wherever necessary, have easy, unrestricted access to water and bathroom use, have provisions made for parties at school when food is served, eat meals and snacks on time, and other necessary exceptions as described in the individual health plan;
  • (vi) The assurance that school meals are never withheld because of nonpayment of fees or disciplinary action;
  • (vii) A description of the students' school day schedules for timing of meals, snacks, blood sugar testing, insulin injections, and related activities;
  • (viii) The development of individual emergency plans;
  • (ix) The distribution of the individual health plan to appropriate staff based on the students' needs and staff level of contact with the students;
  • (x) The possession of legal documents for parent-designated adults to provide care, if needed; and
  • (xi) The updating of the individual health plan at least annually or more frequently, as needed; and
  • (b) The board of directors, in the course of developing the policies in (a) of this subsection, shall seek advice from one or more licensed physicians or nurses or diabetes educators who are nationally certified.
Policy Type