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Diabetes Care in California Public Schools

Public school students with diabetes who cannot self-administer insulin are entitled under federal law to have it administered to them during the school day by a medical personnel. On August 12, 2013, the state of California passed a law that allows non-medical school staff to administer insulin when approved by the student's parents and treating physician. These individuals will be trained to help children with the insulin they need to survive and thrive at school. Children will no longer be placed in situations that engender their health, safety, and access to educational opportunities. They will be able to receive insulin any time they need it, even if a nurse isn't there.

When Should I Send My Child to School?

When students miss too many days of school, they fall behind and struggle to keep up with their classmates. Whether the days missed are due to illness, truancy or for any other reason, the end result for the student is the same — learning time is lost. Children and adolescents will get sick at times and may need to stay at home, let’s work together to help minimize the number of days your student misses school.

The following fact sheets were developed by the Office of the District Attorney – Alameda County, Alameda County Public Health Department, Interagency Children’s Policy Council, and the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency – Center for Healthy Schools and Community.  The suggestions are for children 5 to 18 years of age.  Please check with your local school district on individual school policies. 

  • Health Education and Attendance for Life (H.E.A.L.) Flyer (PDF): English | Spanish

To address ongoing health Concerns During the Pandemic:

  • Health Education and Attendance for Life (H.E.A.L.) during COVID-19 Flyer (PDF): English | Spanish

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