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How often late for school...? Teacher Rant

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by chocoholicsc, Oct 14, 2013.

  1. sincity2003

    sincity2003 Approved members

    Jun 1, 2013
    DS was diagnosed January of this year, and from February to June, when school got out, he didn't miss any time at all. This year? Completely different story. He just missed 4 days when we switched to the pump, and then all 3 days last week he left school early (1-1.5 hours early) because of pod issues.
    One thing our county does do is, any tardies/absences related to D care are automatically excused and do not go in his cumulative file, so he gets a perfect attendance certificate every 9 weeks, even though he may have left for an appointment or had an issue that couldn't be handled at school.

    I'm sorry you're having so many problems with them understanding :(
  2. manda81

    manda81 Approved members

    Feb 17, 2010
    Never. This is our 3rd year of school, and he's never been late. In 3 years he's been absent less than 10 times, and that includes a week he had the flu.

    We don't have ketones often, and we do check at night (2am), correct as needed and he is in range by 6am. I am a big fan of nighttime testing anyway, but I think with school, it has made a huge difference in how we start our day.

    (Not saying you aren't doing nighttime tests... just that I think this has been key in our school success, specifically.)
  3. wdhinn89

    wdhinn89 Approved members

    Mar 31, 2007
    Alex was late due to keytones maybe 3 or 4 times and never missed a day of school due to his diabetes. He has diabetes for 8 1/2 years
  4. Annapolis Mom

    Annapolis Mom Approved members

    Dec 15, 2008
    Hannah has gone in late plenty of days due to diabetes. This year (the past 2 months) is the first year that we've not had that problem. My feeling is, it's hard enough to get out of bed in the morning anyway. But if she's high or low, it's even harder. I let her sleep for another hour or two.
  5. shannong

    shannong Approved members

    Sep 15, 2012
    My son does miss school quite a bit for appointments - endo, asthma specialist, regular pediatrician, etc. He also seems to get sick a lot and I tend to err on the side of keeping him home if he says he doesn't feel well. I would say that we miss more due to sickness, rather than diabetes itself, but because one affects the other, it is sort of both.

    But I think your issue is more the teacher. My son's school is very supportive and seems to understand completely that my son may miss more school. They also never, ever, complain that his testing interrupts the class. There are days when my son feels low/high and does test frequently and this is no problem. Actually, my son feels pretty special among his classmates and I attribute this a lot to the teacher's approach.

    I think your intuition is right: the teacher may be making your child feel that his diabetes is a "problem" and an interruption to her class. I would address this with the principal.
  6. missmakaliasmomma

    missmakaliasmomma Approved members

    May 31, 2013
    My daughter started school this year. She got a fever a couple weeks ago and was out from mid monday and went back friday. of course i hate keeping her out that long, and even though I could've sent her to school and hid the fever with motrin, her numbers were too crazy. Her nurse can't double dose (like she needs when she's sick) and I won't risk anything. IT happens, but it can't be held against them with a 504. I believe when you have one, absences related to the medical condition can't be "counted".

    Sometimes my daughter tells me she has a stomach ache in the morning but I do think it's because she eats right when she wakes up. If I do that, I don't feel good either. 5 minutes later she tells me it's better because she doesn't want to be absent or late lol.

    You should go to the principal because the teacher shouldn't be complaining about your son's feeling of lows or highs and the inconvience, and definitely not making your son feel bad about having D. it's not like these kids WANT it.
  7. chocoholicsc

    chocoholicsc Approved members

    Apr 1, 2008
    Thanks so much everyone! I am meeting with the principal this morning, hoping that goes well. I agree with most people here that the real problem is the teacher's attitude. Christopher is a very sensitive boy and he is always trying to please. She had the nerve to tell me at the parent teacher conference that she believes he's 'using his D to control her class'...???!! :mad::mad: As a side note, I'm her Room Mom this year...this is gonna be interesting! :p

    Have a great day, I will update how the meeting goes later!
  8. Beach bum

    Beach bum Approved members

    Nov 17, 2005
    LOL, I'm thinking in my previous post, I said bite my tongue. Now I'm thinking I'd have to refrain myself from popping her in the nose!

    I hope you have a productive meeting with the principal.
  9. tammy82

    tammy82 Approved members

    Oct 23, 2006
    We don't miss too often. We have a plan where my daughter is able to leave early for appts or coming in late. Luckily we have a great school system and everyone is supportive.

    I would definitely be burning up with this teacher. Hopefully a meeting between the Principal and her will help things out.
  10. dzirbel

    dzirbel Approved members

    Jun 24, 2011
    We have only been late 1 time because of an emergency pod change. We don't check for ketones unless it is a stubborn high or she is sick. I also don't let her sleep in for school, even if she has been up with D at night which to be quite honest is hardly ever. If the CGM alerts to an issue I go in check her and bolus if necessary from her pump. If she is low, I give her juice which she doesn't wake up for, reduce her basal, then lay with her to wait to recheck. If she were consistently getting up for D related issues then she would be going to bed earlier. I tell my kids that there are very few reasons that you should be late for anything and those reasons should be rarely used.

    Now if she does have a rough night I be sure to give her extra help getting ready in the morning etc.

    She will have to live with this her whole life and will need to learn to cope with challenging days.

    Weekends however, she can sleep 'till noon if she wants.

    I agree though that the teacher is so wrong. My son has had teachers like this (with other issues) before and it's awful. I hope your meeting goes well.
  11. Lee

    Lee Approved members

    Oct 5, 2006
    I would specifically ask the principal why the teacher is discussing this enough with your child to make him so embarrassed about d...

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