Medical Conditions at School
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Ensuring children receive appropriate care at school

Students with severe medical conditions may require emergency intervention by school staff. These conditions are physician-diagnosed and potentially life-threatening. Parents and guardians work in partnership with schools to ensure children with medical or life-threatening conditions receive appropriate care at school.  Each school district has its own policy and forms for planning care for students with medical conditions, such as:

Contact your local school for information and forms for your district.

Parent and/or guardian responsibilities

Your responsibilities as a parent or guardian include the following:

  • Inform school of any new medical condition or any changes to existing medical conditions.
  • Write a detailed care plan (form provided by the school) which includes the doctor's prescribed treatment and any medications which must be administered at school. This plan should be updated yearly or more often as needed.  Public Health Nurses are available for consultation.
  • Supply any medications required such as an epinephrine auto injector, inhaler or glucagon containing emergency kit. Expired medications will not be accepted or used.
  • Order a MedicAlert bracelet or allergy badge for the child to wear at all times.

School responsibilities

The responsibilities of school staff include the following:

  • Ensure that all staff (including temporary staff) are aware of the children in the school with severe medical conditions and are trained to give treatment and/or prescribed medications in an emergency. Public Health Nurses can provide training sessions on medical conditions.
  • Store medication/equipment in a location that is safe, at room temperature (unless noted otherwise), easily accessible, labeled and unlocked.
  • Prepare a medical equipment kit for all field trips.  The kit should contain a recent photo of the child, emergency procedure/instructions and prescribed medication. 

Medications at school

Parents are responsible for making sure their child gets necessary medications. School Boards recognize that there are rare times when it is essential for school staff to help a child by giving medications.

Parents must complete a Request for Administration of Medication in School form (provided by the school), if it is necessary for their child to be given medicine at school. This form must be:

  • Updated when changes to medications or care plans occur.
  • Completed and updated each school year or more often, as needed.

MedicAlert identification

Any child with a serious medical condition should have identification with them, such as a MedicAlert bracelet, necklace or badge. 

MedicAlert tells emergency staff:

  • Your child's name
  • What condition they have
  • What treatment is needed
  • Who to contact in case of emergency

MedicAlert products and ordering information can be found at your doctor's office, drugstore or by visiting www.medicalert.ca or calling 1-800-668-1507.

 

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