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Feds probe treatment of diabetic students: update

DCPS responded to Thursday’s post on a civil rights complaint filed by the mother of a third grader with diabetes. Spokeswoman Melissa Salmanowitz challenged a couple of key points:

First, she said the parent was barred from Davis Elementary “because of a physical altercation,” not a verbal dispute with the principal. After a meeting with DCPS officials, Salmanowitz said, the parent was told she could return to Davis to administer her daughter’s medication.

Second, Salmanowitz said, the policy in question--mandating that only nurses administer diabetes medication--originated not with DCPS but the Department of Health and applies to public and public charter schools. DOH oversees the training of school personnel who administer medication.

She indicated, however, that the policy relative to diabetes is likely to be reviewed.

“We look forward to working with DOH to help update and modernize their policies to reflect what is needed to ensure all students are under the best care possible while at school,” Salmanowitz said in an e-mail.

Bill Turque, who covers Montgomery County government and politics, has spent more than thirty years as a reporter and editor for The Washington Post, Newsweek, the Dallas Times Herald and The Kansas City Star.

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