Medical Management Plans as part of the IEP or Section 504


This is a sample for diabetes, but the formats can be used for any medical problem. This writing speaks specifically to Section 504 Plans, however, it can also be utilized for IEPs.

Sample Section 504 Plan & Diabetes Medical Management Plan for a student with diabetes


At the bottom of this page are samples of both the Section 504 Plan and Diabetes Medical Management Plan, which detail typical medical and academic needs of a child with diabetes at school.

The Diabetes Medical Management Plan outlines the student's specific medical needs as determined by his/her health care team.

The 504 Plan sets out an agreement for making sure the student has the same access to education as do other children. It is a tool that can be used to make sure that the student, the parents/guardians, and school personnel understand their responsibilities and to work out potential problems or misunderstandings ahead of time. A 504 Plan may be developed as a result of a request by the school, a request by the parents/guardians, or in response to a problem with the student’s care at school.

The terms “504 Plan” refers to a plan developed to meet the requirements of a federal law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (commonly referred to as “Section 504”). Section 504 applies to all public schools and to private schools that receive federal funds. This sample plan would also be appropriate under another law that protects students with disabilities, the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Americans with Disabilities Act covers all public schools and all private schools except those run by religious entities. Although such plans are typically referred to as “Section 504 Plans,” your school may use a different name.

If your child has qualified for services under the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act, also known as “IDEA,” your child's school plan may be called an “Individualized Education Program” or “IEP.” Typically, an IEP is more specific than a 504 Plan with regard to the student's academic needs.

Ideally, these documents are developed as a result of a cooperative effort involving the family, the child's health care team, and the school/school district.

It is important to keep in mind that the attached 504 Plan is only a sample plan listing a broad range of accommodations that might be needed by a child with diabetes in school. If you develop a plan for your child, it should be adapted to the individual needs, abilities, and medical condition of your child and should include only those items in the sample that are relevant to your child.

In addition, the sample 504 Plan envisions a child with type 1 diabetes who takes insulin by injection. Therefore, the plan would have to be modified for a child with type 2 diabetes, especially a child who does not take insulin, or for a child who uses an insulin pump.

Your state or school district may have its own standards for training those staff members who provide diabetes care to students. As the parent/guardian, you should feel comfortable with the training given, so it is important for you to find out what the standards for training are, if any. You might want to attend or participate in the training or seek verification that the training took place.