my sister sent this to me and i just wondered if anyone else had heard about this and what they thought of it. she has a 12year old son with diabetes and she has fought with the school system over and over trying to get someone to help him if he has some type of reaction. they won't give him any type of help if he needs it- basically will let him (god forbid) die or go into a coma because they are not willing to learn how to give a shot. :angryfire my sister has told them she will sign a paper saying it is ok for them to do whatever is necessary to help him if something happens but they still won't budge. she had to teach her 11 year old son and 5 year old daughter how to care for him and give him a shot if he ever has a reaction at school and can't help himself. -sad isn't it?
the american federation of teachers will convene on july 13 for their annual meeting, at which they will vote on a resolution that opposes allowing school personnel who are not nurses to provide any diabetes care at school. the ada has a major action alert going on about this today, and i wanted all of you to be aware and take action.
please read the following, and take a moment to click on the link and send letter of protest to the american federation of teachers.
please also forward this action alert to others. we need to raise awareness and fast.thank you!
teachers' group votes against diabetes
as a person caring for children with diabetes, you have a very personal understanding of
why we must manage diabetes so carefully. please take a moment, read this,
and take action to help protect children with diabetes.
kids with diabetes must be kept safe and must be able to manage their
diabetes while they are in school or at school-related activities. to help
them do this, it is vital that an adult be present to assist younger or less experienced students with routine diabetes care
tasks or to come to the aid of any student experiencing a diabetes
in a perfect world, a school nurse would be available for every student,
anywhere, any time. in fact, the american diabetes association supports
having a full-time nurse in every school. sadly, we live in a world where
most schools do not have a full-time school nurse. and even when a school
does a have full-time nurse, he or she is not usually present on field trips
or during extracurricular activities. even if they are, they can't be
expected to be everywhere a student with diabetes might be all the time.
but as we know, diabetes is a full-time disease
the country's top pediatric endocrinologists and nurses have come up with a
safe solution: train other school personnel to provide diabetes care when a
school nurse is not present.
experience has shown us that there is no shortage of school staff willing to
volunteer to provide this care. and we know that they can be trained to
effectively provide the assistance our children need. the only problem is
that sometimes state laws and policies prevent them from doing so.
unfortunately, at its convention starting on july 13th, the million-member
american federation of teachers (aft) is going to vote on a resolution that
opposes allowing school personnel who are not nurses to provide any diabetes
care at school. the resolution states in part that:
* the aft will lobby against school nurses training non-medical school
personnel to assist children with their diabetes care; and
* the aft will lobby against the use of non-medical school personnel
trained to administer routine and emergency care to students with diabetes.
this plan is a disaster for our students with diabetes. our children are
going back to school next month and there won't be a nurse in most of their
schools. they will go on field trips and will be in the band and will play
on the football team and there won't be a nurse available
our children need someone available who can provide the help they need.
let the aft know that the safety of students with diabetes is at risk before
their national convention convenes on july 13th. click here to take action: