@ClaudnDaye wrote “the whole 504 thing I don’t know anything about…so anyone that wants to fill me in on what it is, how it’s used, etc., I’d be much obliged.”
Basically, once your child is in a public school (not sure if it applies to private schools) they have the right to have a 504 plan. This plan is part of the federal civil rights law and outlines the support and rights your child has. Once they are codified in a 504 plan the school is obligated to meet your child’s needs.
In our case, our school has a number of Type 1 children and the 504 is pretty standard, it gives our son the right to test and treat anywhere at anytime, gives him access to his supplies, and his phone, gives him the right to leave class at any time, use his phone anytime, and reschedule testing if he is out of range (has to show the meter reading to the teacher).
Every year this plan gets re-evaluated and if needs change it can be updated.
Every insulin dependent diabetic child in the US should have a 504 in my opinion.