Ontario school board policies related to type 1 diabetes

We’ve collected links to school board policies that mention type 1 diabetes. If you know of others that should be added to this page, e-mail info@sosdiabetes.ca.

Halton Catholic District School Board / Halton District School Board

  • States that neither insulin nor glucagon can be administered by school staff, and are the responsibility of parents and paramedics respectively.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board

  • Provides for support with self-management, including insulin pumps (though not injections).

Hamilton Wentworth District School Board

  • Students incapable of self-care are referred to Community Care Access Centre (CCAC).
  • States that insulin will not be administered by staff or educational assistants (EAs), nor should glucose be tested or the results interpreted.
  • Students ineligible for CCAC funding should explore the option of parents monitoring the child’s diabetes.

Ottawa Carleton District School Board

  • Guidelines for creating safe and healthy schools for children with diabetes, created with Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.
  • Detailed diabetes policy, describing responsibilities of principal, staff, parents and students.
  • School staff will not administer glucagon.
  • No explicit provisions for children too young for self-care.
  • Recommends creating and supporting and individual plan (including a template) for each student with diabetes.

Niagara Catholic District School Board

  • Diabetes management plan created for each student.
  • Those unable to be independent will be supported through staff, parents and CCAC as necessary.

District School Board of Niagara

  • Brief directive stating that a written action plan should be developed for each student with diabetes.
  • Board staff not required to administer insulin or glucagon.

Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board

  • Students incapable of self-care will be supported within the existing staff complement of the school. EA support is not specifically allocated to diabetes care alone.
  • States: “Educational assistants will provide assistance with glucometers, insulin pumps, and other procedures related to diabetes given the required training.” BUT: “Education staff (e.g., principals, teachers, educational assistants) do not administer insulin injections.”
  • “School personnel should be trained to administer glucagon, if required in the [plan], particularly if the emergency response time is not guaranteed to be less than 20 minutes.”
  • One of the only districts we found that specifically states that students would be helped with insulin administration by a school staff member.

Toronto District School Board

  • Describes the development of a Diabetes Management Plan.
  • Recognizes that some students may be unable to provide self-care, but is not explicit about how those situations should be managed.

Waterloo Region District School Board

  • States that children should self-manage: “They can do it.”
  • Describes glucagon and states that staff will not administer it.
  • Does not specifically mention insulin and/or administration.

York Region District School Board

  • See pages 20 through 23 for specific diabetes policy.
  • Insulin administration is a responsibility of CCAC nurses.

Last updated: May 2017