Managing type 1 diabetes at school: An online course for educators and school staff

Managing type 1 diabetes at school is an online course that equips teachers, coaches, educational assistants, and others working in a school setting to support students with T1D.

This one-hour, self-directed course was developed by the Canadian Paediatric Society and is based on material found on Diabetes@School.

What the course covers

After completing the course, learners will be able to:

  • Explain what type 1 diabetes is and why it occurs.
  • Understand what’s in a student’s diabetes care plan and how to use it at school.
  • Describe the daily tasks involved in managing type 1 diabetes.
  • Recognize symptoms of both mild and severe low blood sugar and know how to treat it.
  • Describe what to do when a student with type 1 diabetes has high blood sugar and is feeling ill.
  • Help students with type 1 diabetes be safe, supported and included at school.

The course incorporates videos, cases, and multiple choice questions to enhance and reinforce learning. It also features a resource list for more information on specific aspects of diabetes care at school.

Learners will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the course.

Expert reviewers

Development of this module was led by Dr. Sarah Lawrence, MD FRCPC, Chief, Division of Endocrinology, CHEO (Ottawa, Ont.), and Dr. Beth Cummings, MD FRCPC, Pediatric Endocrinologist/Professor of Pediatrics, IWK Health/Dalhousie University (Halifax, N.S.).

This material was also reviewed by several teachers from across Canada, and by School Health Partnership nurses and a Certified Diabetes Nurse Educator from IWK Health in Halifax, N.S. Our thanks to all of them for their careful review of this material.


The development of this online education module was supported by:

  • Abbott Diabetes Care
  • Dexcom Canada Co.
  • embecta
  • Novo Nordisk Canada Inc.
  • Sanofi


      Diabetes@School is a partnership of the Canadian Paediatric Society, Canadian Pediatric Endocrine Group, and Diabetes Canada. To contact us, email [email protected].

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