Until today, I had not heard any response from the parent as to why they hadn't brought one in. I just continued doing what we were doing and periodically sent another email or letter home.
@ARN, thank you very much for your post!! I am truly sensitive to the financial burden that those who live with diabetes have to face. I don't have personal experience with it, but I know its an arm and a leg for all of the supplies I genuinely want to help this family as much as I can. They are a newly diagnosed T1D, only about 4 months in.
I did finally hear back from mom today (the first time since we've started contacting her about the new bottle) and explained the WHY part of it (manufacturer's recommendation, bacteria, breakdown etc. etc.) BUT! I also explained that she could take the bottle we currently have and keep it at home for use there. I hadn't actually spoken to her about any of this as she never returned phone calls and never responded to emails or letters home. I had no idea on where they fell on all of this. But I did explain that I wasn't trying to inconvenience them or anything, I just needed to keep things "by the book" for legal reasons, especially since I'm not on this campus all of the time. Once we actually talked and I was able to explain things, she said she'd get a fresh bottle to the school and take the other one home. Again, thanks for your input on this! I'll definitely keep it in mind with any other diabetic families that come to my school!