APS Position Statement Diabetes in Schools - School Camps 2023
While the prescribed treatment for the student with T1D does not change whether on-campus or offcampus, the circumstances of the school camp or other off campus activities should be addressed individually to ensure ability of the school to discharge its duty of care to the student.
There is no requirement for a special camp plan for the student – rather it is the responsibility of the school to address the risks specific to the off-campus location, remoteness, access to transport, communication availability, local language, and vicinity of medical services to enable the School to safely execute the student’s medical orders.
The School Camp checklist, addressing these matters, and Off Campus Essential Requirements is available at https://www.t1d.org.au/resources/school-camp-checklist-type-1-diabetes
The recommended process, to be planned in a timely manner, is:
- Parent and School to complete camp checklist.
- Parent and medical team assess the completed checklist. The medical team may assist and advise on the content of training required to best execute the medical orders off campus by checking the recommendations for that individual for that camp on the School Camp Checklist – Off Campus Essential Requirements.
- It is the School’s obligation to implement those medical orders while the Student is in the School’s custody and care and consider the worst-case scenario for each off-campus activity.
- Schools should ensure Level 3 trained School personnel are available in case the student becomes incapable of their usual standard of self-care to assist with their compliance with jurisdictional, legal, and regulatory obligations including human rights, disability, workplace, and duty-of-care obligations.
Updated July 2023