STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES AND REQUIREMENTS
Activities may include identification of student health needs, health screening tests (including eye and hearing screening tests), communicable disease prevention and control, promotion of the correction of remediable health defects, emergency care of the ill and injured, health counseling, health and safety education, and the maintenance of a healthful school environment.
The District recognizes that parents have the primary responsibility for the health of their children. The school will cooperate with appropriate professional organizations associated with maintaining individual and community health and safety.
The District shall provide the services of a physician/consultant who shall render medical and administrative consultation to personnel responsible for school health and athletics.
Procedures for Emergency at School
School personnel shall give only emergency care to students who become ill or injured on school property, buses, or while under school supervision.
Parents shall provide current information indicating where the student is to be taken in case of an emergency; including the name, address, and phone number of another responsible adult to be contacted in case the parent is not available. Parents shall also provide information on any allergies, medication, disabilities, or diseases the student might have.
The District shall maintain an Emergency Procedures Handbook that shall be used by district personnel for handling emergencies. Emergency procedures shall include the following:
- Provision for care beyond First Aid, which would enable care by the family or the family’s physician or the EMS Assistance Unit of the Fire Department. In instances when the EMS responders is required, every effort shall be made to provide the responders with the student’s Emergency Card which lists any allergies or diseases the student might have;
- Information relative to not permitting the administration of any form of medicine or drugs to students without prior written approval of parents and physician. Requests made by parents for such administration of medication shall be reviewed and approved by the school nurse. The school physician and principal shall be informed of any unusual or questionable medications.
- Provisions for reporting all accidents, cases of injury, or illness to the principal. Provisions shall be made (in all cases of injury or illness involving possible legal or public relations implications) for reporting such to the superintendent’s office immediately;
- Prompt reporting by teachers to the principal or designee any accident or serious illness with such reports filed with Central Office.
In case of illness or non-medical emergency, the parent or guardian will be contacted and asked to pick up the student or provide the transportation home. The guidelines for the management of head injuries that have been published by the National Association of Sports Medicine will be followed.
In the event of a medical emergency, 911 will be called. Transportation of an ill or injured student is provided by the school. If the parent cannot provide transportation, an ambulance will be called. Expense incurred as a result of emergency ambulance use will be the sole responsibility of the parent or guardian.
[Revised: June 2001]
[Revised: September 2003]
[Revised: January 2015]
LEGAL REF.: M.G.L. 71:53;54;54A;54B 55;55A;55B;56;57
CROSS REF.: EBB, First Aid