FIRST AID/EMERGENCY HEALTH CARE Policy Code: 4250/6130
The board recognizes its responsibility to provide a safe environment for students, including the duty to provide appropriate medical assistance to students who become injured or ill during the school day or while participating in a school activity. Board employees designated by the principal to participate in the medical care program are authorized to give emergency health care to a student when reasonably apparent circumstances indicate that any delay in rendering emergency health care would seriously worsen the physical condition or endanger the life of the student. Employees also are authorized to perform any other first aid or life saving techniques for which the employee has been trained in a program approved by the State Board of Education. Prior to the beginning of classes each school year, each principal shall ensure that adequate staff members are in place to serve as “first responders” and to be trained in first aid and CPR. These persons should be notified immediately whenever a student becomes ill or injured at school or while participating in a school activity.
The principal or his/her designee is responsible for determining the appropriate action to take in the event a student becomes ill or is injured while at school. In the event that a student is injured or seriously ill, the principal or his/her designee shall determine if immediate medical attention is required. The principal or designee shall make every effort to contact the student’s parents/guardians prior to seeking medical attention. If parents/guardians or their designees cannot be contacted in such cases, and if a health care provider is not specified by parents/guardians, the principal or designee shall have the authority to seek medical care as deemed necessary to serve the best interest of the child. Any expenses incurred for medical care shall be the responsibility of the parent/guardian.
At the beginning of each school year, it is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to provide emergency contact information to school officials and to make sure that school officials are aware of any specific health conditions or concerns and any necessary emergency care requirements for a student. If a student is subject to unusual health hazards (such as allergic reactions) or has a health condition which requires special treatment in certain defined emergency circumstances, written protocols with precise instructions signed by the attending physician and agreed to by the parent/guardian member must be on record. (See policy 6125, Administering Medicine to Students.)
Legal References: 115C-36, -307(c)
Adopted: June 17, 1997
Revised: August 28, 2006