To prepare for the soon-to-start academic year, educators from UTMB are training elementary, middle and high school staff to help manage diabetes in school children. “Managing Diabetes in Schools for Unlicensed Personnel,” takes place Thursday, Aug. 22. Federal law requires that children with diabetes be accommodated, which means they cannot be denied participation in school events because they have diabetes. “Someone trained in diabetes management must be readily available to students,” explained Dr. William Riley, professor of pediatric endocrinology at UTMB. “This does not necessarily have to be a nurse.” Nanette Jay, a certified diabetes educator and UTMB nurse, said the training is critical because children are in school for such a large part of their day. [Note: This article was written by Maureen Balleza of UTMB’s Office of Marketing and Communications. Send your story ideas to]