Measures planned by the Ministry of Education

According to the measures provided for by the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS), block funding is granted for the organization of services for students with difficulties. In addition, in support of its special education policy, the MELS provides schools with additional allocations based on the type of difficulty or condition of these students. These allowances are intended to facilitate the adoption of certain measures to facilitate and promote the educational success of young people with certain difficulties. These difficulties, which make it possible to apply for an allowance for these measures, are listed according to a certain code.

Practically speaking, what is planned for students with type 1 diabetes?

A child with type 1 diabetes with a diagnosis of a chronic disease falls under a difficulty code 33 for organic impairment because he or she needs to integrate care into his or her routine.

Two measures will therefore apply for students with type 1 diabetes:

  • Code 33

A diabetic child can take advantage of the (difficulty) code 33 provided by the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport, for organic deficiency due to his or her diabetes since care is required (blood glucose measurement, insulin administration, etc.). The school can therefore organise accordingly so that it can benefit from the planned support measures.

  • Spare time

This measure allows him or her to benefit from extra time – Extension of the duration of the event up to a maximum equivalent to one third of the normal time

allocated. However, the testing must take place on a single day, and arrangements must be made so that the extension can take place without the student being in contact with other students at lunchtime or during breaks to complete certain tasks at school (e.g., a test).  This measure can be integrated into his or her school intervention plan to facilitate his or her progress and prevent him or her from being penalized by the discomforts he or she experiences, such as hypoglycemia (fatigue, dizziness, lack of concentration) until his or her blood sugar level rises and he or she feels better.

Ref. The organization of educational services for at-risk students and students with handicaps, social maladjustments or learning difficulties