I see both your points of view. I am a type one diabetic ( from the old school days, diagnosed in 1968) so insulin and testing supplies were not an issue for ME then..You did one shot a day, at home; and glucometers had not yet been invented.
Yet, I am also retired from a position in an urban school district. We also had similiar rules about testing equipment placement for diabetic kids:In the nurses office or the main office, never with the student. I personally do not feel that a little ( young elementary) child should be required to test and make decisions on his/her own. In our school district, due to liability issues, No one was allowed to administer injects of any kind to the student, not even the school nurse.
when I worked inthat school disstrict, up to June 2011, Most if the kids were on a one-day at a time routine., sliding scale dosing schedule. I never saw one kid with a pump... the middle-school and older kids tested and the observing designated medical person really was just there, for those who did not need assistance. If no nurse was present, the student went to the main office, where his/her supplies were also stored, and the child tested and treated within the supervision of the one trained medical assiatance , often the school secertary. If the kid needed a lunch pous to correct, Mom had to come in and do it. Lows where the kid was not passed out on the floor were treated at school, with the observer's observation and assistance, if needed. Seveer glucagon needing lows were for the 911 Emergency Squad)
Diabetic kids had a medical plan written out by their docs, some had a 504 as well, but still the only ones who pricked these kids finger's were the nurse, the child themselves or the child;s own mother. Teachers were not required to do this. I was astonished to find out, but most mom's of type one little ones just do not work outside the home in our school district. At least not on a day shift. Sad, but that is how it is.
Mybustedpancreas, you are an adult and can have your supplies with you at all times. I always had mine with me, as an employee. But your statement that each teacher should be trained to admnister glucagon in an an emergency as the "ideal" ' but, as Jackie says, it is just not feasible. In this time of reduced funds for public education and more time required for kids to be "taught the test" due to "Every Child's Behind Will be Left" ( what I call NCLB) regulations; That is just how it is.
btw. MybustedPancreas when is the last time you have actually been in that "large old high school with several floors", or in any public school for that matter? Honey I am not trying to be adversarial, but the realiity of the situation is that most parents of certain income levels do not have the time nor the "dukats" NEEDED TO HIRE A LAWYER to "fight for the changes" you want. Even if they get the services free, pro-bono, or can do it through non-litigious moves; such parents have neither the time to be off their night job to go to special repeated meetings for the fight. . They do not have professional positions that allow them that time. Maybe your friend does.
I was not in agreement with the teachers not being trained to take care of young type ones, I even volunteered to admnister injections, glucagon, or to help assist. But I was told I could not help because the district could be held liable if I ,as a non-designated medical personnel, did something "wrong" and the child got sick. So it is about the reverse liability of keeping the school district safe, rather than the kid. Sorry, but that is just how it is.: The children are allowed to test themselves, but only in the nurses office, or with the one other trained observer( usually the school secretary, not the teacher). I do not see that changing soon in poorer school districts with less-informed, lower income parents.
My busted Pancreas, does the mom want her little sone to oversee his/ her treatments as a result of the blood sugar result,without consultation; or to just test independently ? I do have a probelem with the former. For older kids, I would ague for keeping whatever supplies they need with them. However, it would take a lot of work to get the rules changed, here, even for type one students aged 12 and up. JMHO.