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Diabetes Management in Schools Act Will Help Ensure Oklahoma Students With Diabetes Are Safe at School

OKLAHOMA CITY, The American Diabetes Association (ADA) today applauded the recent signing of the "Diabetes Management in Schools Act ," legislation that will help ensure that Oklahoma public schools are responsive to the medical and educational needs of students with diabetes. The ADA, including volunteers throughout the state, was a leading supporter of the bipartisan legislation, which will allow school personnel to be trained in diabetes care appropriate for the student and allow students with diabetes to self manage their disease on school property.

Diabetes management is accomplished with blood glucose monitoring, administration of insulin and other medications, as well as proper nutrition and exercise. Many children are able to handle their own daily care, while some may need adult assistance. Representative Doug Cox (R-Grove) was the original author of the legislation, which also had the support of Speaker Lance Cargill (R-Harrah), Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Morgan (D-Stillwater), and Co-President Pro Tem Glenn Coffee (R-Oklahoma City).

"It is vital that all Oklahomans unite to manage, treat, educate and cure this disease. The only way to avoid, or minimize, potentially costly and deadly diabetes complications is to aggressively and proactively manage the disease 24/7," said Melissa DeShazo-Atnip, a parent of a child with type 1 diabetes and the Co-Chair of the ADA's Family Resource Network in Oklahoma City.

"Diabetes does not magically go away at the steps of the schoolhouse. Because of this legislation, our children will finally feel medically safe at school and parents will have peace of mind knowing their kids truly are being cared for. Additionally, school personnel will have the training, tools, and resources they need to welcome our children with diabetes into their classrooms."

The Diabetes Management in Schools Act establishes that a diabetes medical management plan be developed by the st
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