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District’s specific transportation plan for diabetic student satisfies Section 504.

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Stafford County (VA) Public Schools, 60 IDELR 51 (OCR 2012):  The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) concurred with a school district’s plan to accommodate a student’s diabetic needs while she rode the bus.  The school district’s plan for the student included notifying the bus driver of the student’s diabetes (including training to recognize symptoms of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia), having a copy of her emergency care plan on the bus, and having extra supplies on the bus.  Also, the student would be allowed to bring food and drink on the bus.  Such accommodations satisfied the district’s responsibilities under Section 504.

Also, OCR recognized the sufficiency of the district’s use of a “Substitute Care Plan” to ensure that substitute teachers are aware of the needs of diabetic students and can rely on the building nurse to ensure the student receives proper diabetic care.  However, Section 504 does not necessarily require that a school district train its substitute teachers in basic diabetic care.

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