Texas had to pass a state law to guarantee diabetic students the right to check their glucose levels in class and carry their insulin. Eleven states now have such laws, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Prior to the law, some schools didn’t allow diabetic students to attend certain extracurricular activities or to check their blood glucose levels in class. Some students couldn’t carry monitors or medication to class. And, in severe cases, parents had to take their children off campus several times a day to administer insulin, advocates said.
. . . Beau Yarborough, an incoming senior at Garland High School in Dallas County, said he missed countless hours of class time in middle school going to the nurse’s office, the only place where he was allowed to test his blood glucose levels.
Teachers sometimes refused to let him leave class, even when he was feeling dizzy and faint — danger signs for a diabetic.
Most juvenile diabetics learn to manage their illness at a young age. Delegating responsibility is dangerous.