New Policy for Diabetic Students in Virginia

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- A new policy is in place for middle and high school students, allowing diabetic students to carry and use medical supplies.

Because of this new state law, kids with type one diabetes who use medical supplies on a regular basis will no longer have to go to the nurse to test their blood or administer insulin during the day.

Jennifer Thompson's son has type 1 diabetes. She said the policy makes teachers more aware of what is going on, especially if her son needs to treat a high or low blood sugar.

"It's a relief knowing that my son can check his blood sugar in class and that the teacher can be on top of it. As a parent I don't have to worry about him making the decision to maybe go see the nurse by himself and passing out in the hall," Thompson said.

Some schools in the Valley already allow older students to carry and use supplies with parental consent and written approval from a doctor.


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