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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 students. 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 medical consultant who shall render medial and administrative consultative services for 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.


Each year parents shall supply information indicating where the student is to be taken in case of an emergency; the name, address, and phone number of a neighbor to be contacted in case the parent is not available; and any allergies or diseases the student might have.


The District shall maintain a Medical Emergency Response Plan, as required by law, and a Policies & Procedures Manual of Health Services which shall be utilized 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 its physician or the local Emergency Medical Services agencds.  In instances when the EMS is required, every effort shall be made to provide the unit 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 written approval of parents. Requests made by parents for such administration of medication shall be reviewed and approved by the Principal or designee;


       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 appropriate executive director of education immediately;


       Prompt reporting by teachers to the Principal or designee any accident or serious illness and such reports will be filed with the Business Office.

       AED devices shall be utilized by trained personnel.  Personnel shall be available at each school.  Refer to JLC-E for detailed procedures.



Student Illness or Injury


In case of illness or injury, the parent or guardian will be contacted and asked to call for the student or provide the transportation.


Transportation of an ill or injured student is not normally to be provided by the school. If the parent cannot provide transportation and the student is ill or injured, an ambulance may be called. Expense incurred as a result of emergency ambulance use will not be borne by the District.


Transportation of a student by school personnel will be done only in an emergency and by the individual so designated by the school administrator.


School Nurse


The school nurse arranges for visual, auditory and postural screening. The nurse also gives first aid. The nurse is not permitted to give any medication without written parental consent. Students may receive acetaminophen without a doctor's order if the parent checks and signs the appropriate area on the school emergency form. All other medications, including Ibuprofen, antacids, lozenges, and cough syrup may be given with a doctor's order only.


Students must obtain a pass from a classroom teacher before going to the nurse's office. If the nurse is not available, students should report to the main office.


Any and all injuries that occur while students are in school should be reported immediately to the adult in charge of the activity and should be reported to the school nurse as soon as possible.


Formulation of Policies and Procedures


The school physician and nurses, together with the Superintendent of Schools, shall formulate school health policies and procedures with the approval of the School Committee.


LEGAL REF.:              M.G.L. 71:53;54;54A;54B;55;55A;55B;56;57;69:8A;


CROSS REF.:              EBB, First Aid
                                        EBC, Emergency Plans
                                        JLCD, Administration of Medications to Students


SOURCE:  Georgetown


Adopted on:     April 10, 2008
Revised on:      September 13, 2012