In response to questions about students with diabetes, PWCS wants our community to know that the health and safety of students, including those with diabetes, is our top priority.
State and federal law prevents the School Division from disclosing information about individual students, including diabetes. We regret that we cannot respond to unsubstantiated claims about PWCS, and do not comment on pending legal proceedings. Unfortunately, this results in situations in which the public is not privy to the School Division’s legal position in such matters. Information publicly circulated by third parties about specific cases usually lacks the important details and context that PWCS legally cannot disclose, and it is those details that can provide a more thorough understanding.
We do want you to know that the health and safety of our students is paramount. To that end, PWCS closely follows all applicable legal and medical guidelines to ensure that student needs are met. Our employees follow the individualized treatment plan for each student who suffers from diabetes. These plans are dictated by medical directives from students’ physicians, and also by accepted practices and medical standards. When questions or concerns arise, we work quickly with families and their doctors (as well as medical and legal authorities as necessary) to address any problems. Our goal is to have every student safely and fully participate in all school programs.
The objective of PWCS is to fully and legally serve the medical and educational needs of all students. We are committed to using full and accurate case information to work with families, medical officials, and all appropriate agencies to achieve that objective and to correct any shortcomings. However, it is the combined expert directives of these groups that fully ensure student health; we will not ignore legal or professional guidance simply to satisfy individual preferences or the most vocal group.
Please understand that state and federal agencies looking into specific cases play a valuable role in assuring quality care; however, investigations begin in response to concerns and do not necessarily indicate problems. If and when agencies do identify steps for improvement, they are quickly and fully implemented.
PWCS currently serves more than 200 students with diabetes, and employs staff that is fully trained, able, and dedicated to meeting their needs. Again, the health and safety of all our students is paramount. We hope you will consider that before drawing any conclusions.
PWCS Cares for Students with Diabetes