Third Session, Thirty-Ninth Legislature

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Bill 240


Explanatory Note

(Assented to                                         )

WHEREAS diabetes is a serious medical condition;

AND WHEREAS a diabetes epidemic is occurring in Manitoba which requires urgent measures to address it;

AND WHEREAS school staff need to know which students have diabetes;

AND WHEREAS students with diabetes will benefit if school staff are aware of the causes of diabetes and the steps to be taken if a health emergency related to diabetes occurs;

THEREFORE HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:

C.C.S.M. c. P250 amended


The Public Schools Act is amended by adding the following before the centred heading "POWERS OF SCHOOL BOARDS" that precedes section 48:


Duty to seek information re diabetes at registration


When a child is registered for school, the school board must ensure that the person registering the child is asked whether the child has diabetes. If the child has diabetes, particulars of the child's diabetes must be sought, including information on any medications being taken for diabetes.

Diabetes information file


The principal of a school must ensure that a diabetes information file is prepared and kept up to date for each student with diabetes.

Contents of file


The diabetes information file for a student must include the following information:

(a) the current diabetes treatment methods for the student;

(b) a list of all medications taken by the student to treat his or her diabetes;

(c) any instructions from the student's physician or other health care provider respecting the student's diabetes;

(d) a list of phone numbers and e-mail addresses of persons to be contacted in case of a health emergency involving the student.

Diabetes education for school staff


A school board must ensure that principals, teachers and teaching assistants at a school receive diabetes education training on an annual basis.

Diabetes education program for school staff


The annual diabetes education training provided to school staff must include the following:

(a) information on the causes of diabetes;

(b) information on diabetes prevention, management and treatment;

(c) the steps to be taken when a student has a health emergency related to diabetes, such as a hypoglycemic episode.

Blood glucose monitoring support


The principal of a school must ensure that any student with diabetes who needs to monitor his or her blood glucose

(a) is given an opportunity to perform the necessary monitoring when required; and

(b) receives any support from school staff that he or she requires to perform the monitoring.

Action plan for hypoglycemic episodes


When a student has a hypoglycemic episode, the principal of a school must ensure that school staff take the necessary steps as provided in the diabetes education program set out in clause 47.4(2)(c).

Coming into force


This Act comes into force on royal assent.

Explanatory Note

This Bill requires schools to obtain medical and emergency contact information about any student with diabetes. School staff must receive annual education on the cause, prevention and management of diabetes, as well as on the steps to be taken when a student has a health emergency related to diabetes. School staff must also provide support for students with diabetes who have to perform glucose monitoring.