STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES Policy Code: 6120
The board will provide health services to students as required by law. School employees may administer drugs or medication prescribed by a doctor only upon the written request of the parents; give emergency health care when reasonably apparent circumstances indicate that any delay would seriously worsen the physical condition or endanger the life of the student; and perform any other first aid or life saving technique in which training has been provided to school employees. A registered nurse also will be available to provide assessment, care planning and ongoing evaluation of students with special health care service needs in the school setting.
The superintendent may develop procedures or delegate the development of procedures to each school principal for providing these health services and meeting the board requirements listed below.
- The principal shall determine at the beginning of each school year prior to the beginning of classes, and thereafter as circumstances require, which employees will be selected to participate in the health services program. The principal shall inform his or her staff about which health services duties are delegated to which employees.
- Any employee designated to provide health care services must receive appropriate training.
- Health manuals prepared by the governing state agencies must be followed in developing appropriate procedures and for determining which tasks must be performed by registered nurses.
- Procedures must be consistent with all related board policies, including policy 4230, Communicable Diseases – Students, and policy 6125, Administering Medicines to Students.
- Procedures must be consistent with state and federal law for students with disabilities, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilities will be followed, as applicable.
- Procedures must be consistent with guidelines adopted by the State Board of Education under G.S. 115C-12(31) to serve students with diabetes, including developing and implementing individual diabetes care plans for such students and providing information and training to school personnel to appropriately support and assist such students, in accordance with their individual diabetes care plans. The superintendent or designee shall report annually to the State Board on whether students with diabetes are enrolled in the school system and, if so, provide information demonstrating compliance with State Board guidelines as required by G.S. 115C-375.3.
- Written information maintained by the school or school personnel regarding a student's medicinal and health needs is confidential. Parents and students must be accorded all rights provided by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and state confidentiality laws. Any employee who violates the confidentiality of the records may be subject to disciplinary action.
- School personnel must obtain parental consent for medical services as required by law. Parents will be notified of their rights in accordance with policy 1310-4002, Parental Involvement.
- Health professionals will be consulted in the development of health services. Opportunities also will be provided for input from staff, parents and students on the health services provided.
Legal References: Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. 12134, 28 C.F.R. pt. 35; Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C. 1232g; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 20 U.S.C. 1400 et seq., 34 C.F.R. pt. 300; Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. 705(20), -794, 34 C.F.R. pt. 104; G.S. 115C-12(12), -12(31), -36, -307(c), -375.1, -375.3; 16 N.C.A.C. 6D.0402; 21 N.C.A.C. 36.0221, 36.0224; Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilities, State Board of Education Policies GCS-D-000, GCS-G-006
Adopted: March 12, 2012 Italic text