Arkansas Safe at School Victory

Arkansas Safe at School Victory!

The incredible efforts of Arkansas Diabetes Advocates, House Bill 1395 led to Safe at School legislation being signed into law by Governor Asa Hutchinson. The bill will allow school staff to volunteer to be trained to provide basic diabetes care, including administering insulin and strengthen the tenet that allows children, if they are capable to do so, to self-manage their diabetes while at school.

An estimated 208,000 children are diagnosed with diabetes in the United States. These children have a disease that must be managed 24/7, including the many hours spent at school, on field trips and in extra-curricular activities. Every day, children with diabetes are put at serious risk if no one, including a school nurse, is present at school to help with daily and emergency diabetes care. The passage of House Bill 1395 will remove that risk by allowing school employees who volunteer to be trained to assist with the diabetes care these children need and deserve to learn and be healthy.

The work of these advocates will lead to a better, safer, and more just school environment for Arkansas students with diabetes.