Back to school reference guide for school nurses

Back To School Reference Guide For School Nurses

With another back-to-school season just around the corner, it’s that time when many d-parents start preparing kids for another successful school year. It’s easy to become overwhelmed with all the activity around preparing for a new school year, especially when planning for a child who has diabetes. While meeting with teachers and creating your child’s diabetes supplies checklist, you may need to educate the local school nurse about your child’s insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor (CGM). In an effort to make this educational process simpler for you, your child, and the school, our clinical team previously created and recently updated A Reference Guide for School Nurses for you to download and share with your child’s school nurse. 

A Reference Guide for School Nurses includes information on MiniMed insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring systems, and covers the following:

  • Insulin pump and system components
  • Inserting the battery
  • Viewing the Home Screen
  • Giving a bolus with the Bolus Wizard feature
  • Giving a Manual Bolus
  • Checking the Bolus History
  • Programming a Temporary Basal
  • Suspending insulin delivery
  • Using Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM)
  • Calibrating the sensor
  • Using the Threshold Suspend feature
  • Addressing Alerts and Alarms
  • A list of additional resources

We hope you find this tool helpful in making a smoother transition into the new school year! Do you have any tips for other d-parents? Share in the comments below!


- Medtronic Diabetes insulin infusion pumps, continuous glucose monitoring systems and associated components are limited to sale by or on the order of a physician and should only be used under the direction of a healthcare professional familiar with the risks associated with the use of these systems. - Successful operation of the insulin infusion pumps and/or continuous glucose monitoring systems requires adequate vision and hearing to recognize alerts and alarms.


Medtronic Diabetes Insulin Infusion Pumps
- Insulin pump therapy is not recommended for individuals who are unable or unwilling to perform a minimum of four blood glucose tests per day. - Insulin pumps use rapid-acting insulin. If your insulin delivery is interrupted for any reason, you must be prepared to replace the missed insulin immediately.


Medtronic Diabetes Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) Systems
- The information provided by CGM systems is intended to supplement, not replace, blood glucose information obtained using a home glucose meter. A confirmatory fingerstick is required prior to treatment. - Insertion of a glucose sensor may cause bleeding or irritation at the insertion site. Consult a physician immediately if you experience significant pain or if you suspect that the site is infected. For more information, please visit


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Submitted by Sarita Shirley… (not verified) on

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As a type 2 ,insulin dependant person,I'd love to know more

Submitted by Sara Tilleskjor (not verified) on

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Hi Sarita, that’s great you’re interested in learning more about insulin pump therapy! Please email me your contact information at, and I will connect you with someone from my team who would love to help you explore your options. In the meantime, you can learn more about insulin pump therapy here:, and the OpT2mise study that compared insulin pump therapy versus multiple daily injections for people with type 2 diabetes here:….

Submitted by Marsha Berg (not verified) on

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I am a library assistant and also diabetic, myself. My school district is very small, so we have only one school nurse. I realize that Type 1 diabetes can be quite different from Type 2. Please tell me what I should know, so that I can help until the nurse can respond, if a child has a problem while he/she is with me.

Submitted by LOOP Blog Editorial on

In reply to by Marsha Berg (not verified)

That’s a great question, Marsha! It’s amazing you’re taking the time to learn how you can help students with diabetes, and we appreciate your commitment toward bettering the lives of those students. Here are two articles you may find helpful:
1. 10 Tips for Teachers of Students with Diabetes:
2. 5 Ways To Help Someone Experiencing Hypoglycemia:…

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