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[IP] A sixth-grader with diabetes has prevailed in a years-long legal tussle with local school officials, winning the right to conduct a common blood-glucose test while remaining in the classroom.
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- Subject: [IP] A sixth-grader with diabetes has prevailed in a years-long legal tussle with local school officials, winning the right to conduct a common blood-glucose test while remaining in the classroom.
- From: "Yerachmiel Altman" <email @ redacted>
- Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2000 01:30:29 -0500
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I've seen a few parents speaking of schools not letting them test so I
thought this was a good article to read (actually the pointer to it is on
the Minimed site!)
Diabetic Girl, School District Settle
By GARY LIBOW
The Hartford Courant
January 04, 2000
EAST HADDAM - A sixth-grader with diabetes has prevailed in a years-long
legal tussle with local school officials, winning the right to conduct a
common blood-glucose test while remaining in the classroom.
Eleven- year-old Katelyn Cross and her family said they hope the
out-of-court settlement, disclosed Monday, will send a message nationwide to
school districts that do not allow diabetic students to administer the
glucose-monitoring test at their desks.
In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in New Haven in 1996, Katelyn and
her family complained the school board subjected her to undue ridicule and
lost classroom time by forcing her to visit the nurse's office each time she
needed to conduct the test. The suit alleges that the requirement violated
her rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
``It's been such a long fight and we finally made a difference. I feel
wonderful,'' said Katelyn, noting she's well able to prick her finger and
write notes at the same time.
According to the lawsuit, the glucose test requires Katelyn to prick her
finger with a lancet and place a tiny blood sample into a device that
determines in less than a minute whether her blood glucose level is in an
The test is typically done several times per day. In Katelyn's case, the
results are used to adjust her glucose level through food, drink and
tablets. In other cases, the results can be used to adjust insulin dosage.
Katelyn, an Alger Road resident, this year transferred to a parochial school
in Old Saybrook. But under terms of the settlement, should she ever
re-enroll in East Haddam public schools, the board of education would let
her regularly test her blood glucose in the classroom.
Katelyn, who described her years of visits to the nurse's office as
``unsettling,'' believes her crusade will benefit other diabetic students.
The settlement does not set the sort of legal precedent that a verdict or
court ruling conveys. But by publicizing the settlement, the Cross family
hopes to spread the word to school districts throughout the country as they
set policies governing the tests.
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