If you would like to read my first letter click here
I received the response from the Minister of Education a few days ago however because it was in pdf format and I was unable to copy and past the letter right to my blog so I decided to print out the letter and type it out here for all of you to read :) therefor there may be some typing mistakes that were not in the original letter.
Dear Ms. _________
My colleague Dwight Duncan has forwarded to me your concerns about the level of support for children with Type 1 Diabetes in Ontario schools. Thank you for writing. I appreciate the opportunity to respond.
A part of the Ontario Healthy Schools initiative, principals, teachers and other school staff play an important role in ensuring the health and safety of all students, including those with diabetes. Our government has provide boards with funding to help create a healthier learning environment. The ministry continues to work in partnership with boards, teachers, principals, students, parents and others to help all students do their best in school. Further information on the Healthy Schools initiative is available on the ministry website at www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/parents/healthyschools.html
School Health Support Services are provided to children and youth in publicly funded and private schools, and to children and youth who are being home- schooled. Policy/Program Memorandum No. 81 (PPM 81) was issued in 1984 to ensure that no school-aged child was denied access to education because of special health support needs during school hours. PPM 81 outlines how the responsibility for the provision of health support services is shared among the Ministries of Education, Health and Long-Term Care, and Community and Social Services. (Responsibility for a number of children's services handled by Community and Social Services was later transferred to the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.) PPM 81 can be accessed on the Ministry of Eduction website at www.edu.gov.on.ca/extra/eng/ppm/81.html.
OK let me just take a short break at this point.... are you all still with us??? because honestly I'm kinda lost!! So lets re-group and get ready because there is more where that came from :)
According to PPM 81, "the designation of roles and responsibilities for health support services in school settings does not preclude, in emergency situations, the provision of a health service by designated school board personnel, administered in accordance with section 52(2a) of the Health Disciplines Act and section 10(c) of the Drugless Practitioners Act, and under the policies and procedures of the school board concerned."
Policies related to testing and self-regulating for insulin injections are made at the local school board level. Boards should establish or update their policies for the provision of these and other support services. Local health provision organizations, including Community Care Access Centers and other medical services providers, can provide valuable assistance and information in the development of such policies.
Some boards have created their own policies and protocols in accordance with the guidelines set out in PPM 81. For example, the Upper Grand District School Board and the Halton District School Board have diabetes management documents available on their respective board websites, as follow:
- The Upper Grand District School Board Diabetes Management document: www.ugdsb.on.ca/policies/protocol_diabetes-management.pdf
- The Halton District School Board Diabetes Management Protocol: www.hdsb.ca/ParentInfo%20Protocols/DiabetesProtocol2008.pdf
I trust that you will find this information helpful. I have taken note of your comments about the website diabetesinschools.ca and New Brunswick's Policy 704-Health Support Services.
signed Leona Dombrowsky