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Kindergartner testing in the classroom-- is that a reasonable request?

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by Charlotte'sMom, May 25, 2012.

  1. Debdebdebby13

    Debdebdebby13 Approved members

    Dec 15, 2011
    Molly just finished kindergarten and everything was done in her classroom. She goes to a little private school without any kind of formal plan, they just do what we ask them to do, which is all treatment in the classroom. I don't think it's at all u reasonable to want to test in the classroom.
  2. Daddyto4

    Daddyto4 Approved members

    Apr 6, 2012
    I your daughter can test herself, it's reasonable to allow her to try doing so. If there is cause for additional concern, the instructor or the assistant can walk her down.
    I get the need for an immediate answer, but there is also the concern about the low itself causing her to fail to test appropriately.
  3. Sarah Maddie's Mom

    Sarah Maddie's Mom Approved members

    Sep 23, 2007
    My dd attends public school, a school system that has always been exceptionally responsive to her needs and proactive in establishing the best practices for her, that said I would not have been able to convince them that testing in the classroom was either reasonable or safe for a 5 year old. Too many kids learning how to manage in the classroom, control their impulses, learn to follow the schedule and the teacher in a large group ... too many opportunities for things to fall through the cracks and or another child to get in the way, grab the poker etc etc.

    The school would have wanted her going to the nurse to test, treat, document (which she did) etc and the teacher wold have wanted that ( and she was exceptional, for all 20 kids under her care) and in hindsight I think had my 5 year old had a vote she too would have elected to go to the nurse and know with certainty that an adult who understood what that low feeling was, was going to help her rather than trying (when she was not feeling her best) to make her needs known amidst a crowd of 20 other kids.

    I'm all for testing in the classroom, I just think that kindy is too soon.
  4. jessicat

    jessicat Approved members

    Jan 10, 2012
    My son tested in the classroom in kinder last year. I prefer that, so he can get back to work and ot miss so much class. It always takes so much time to go to nurse, check, treat, get brought back. Both he and the teacher knew what to do and the nurse could be called if necessary.
  5. SarahKelly

    SarahKelly Approved members

    Nov 14, 2009
    At the school Isaac will attend the kinder students do all their testing in the classroom. It seems from what I have gathered that if the student's BG is within the range for that time that the nurse doesn't come, however if it is above or below than the nurse comes into the classroom to help treat based on the plan in place. From what I understand all of the current students at the school with t1d have insulin pumps and only the nurse is able to bolus with it so whenever there is snack time she will come in and bolus the kids appropriately. However, at lunchtime it is a little different in that the students just pop in the health center check and go to lunch then come back before recess to access what they've eaten and then get bolused.
    so...maybe it would be helpful to see what is currently working in the school, how the day goes and what would work within those confines for your kiddo.
  6. CAGrandma

    CAGrandma Approved members

    Mar 14, 2006
    Your original question was if it is reasonable for a kindergartner to test in the classroom, and the answer is a definite yes. Depending on the circumstances, some parents may choose to have a child go to a nurses office, but it is the parents choice. Parents really do have the power to choose here, and many schools have hired personnel specifically to assist a child test and treat in the classroom. Sometimes it is a nurses aide, sometimes it is a classroom aide who is specifically there to provide a safe environment for a child with diabetes, but who also helps the teacher in general. Teachers love that and the cwd doesn't look like they have a babysitter. Hiring that person is a reasonable accommodation under the 504 laws.
    Some reasons for testing/treating in the classroom are that kids can't tell if they are really, really low and about to become disoriented/pass out/etc. and having that happen in the hallway wouldn't be good, you can't count on another kindergartner to react properly in an emergency, child would miss a lot of schoolwork leaving class multiple times a day, and you are setting a precedent for the future.
  7. Mish

    Mish Approved members

    Aug 20, 2009
    usually what happened for us was that his teacher would grab the next door teacher to watch the class and his teacher would walk him and return quickly to her classroom. However, the teacher has grabbed random aides walking in the hallway - even the janitor has been the escort a few times. Any adult who simply knows it's important to get to the nurse and can not panic if something happens. And so our 504 does say that "any adult" . I'm not really particular. Even a parent is fine as long as the person being pulled into service knows that they don't stop anywhere, they go directly to the nurse. period.

    However, reading posts on this board for years and years and years I think I can count maybe only a few times where kids have actually had something happen on the way to the nurse.....

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