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District School Board of Niagara
Policy School Operations

G-40 Supporting Students with Prevalent Medical Health Conditions

Date Nov 2018
Review Sep 2023

To promote the safety and well-being of students, the District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) is committed to supporting students in schools who have anaphylaxis, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy and other serious medical conditions. These medical conditions, hereafter referred to as prevalent medical health conditions, have the potential to result in a medical incident or a life-threatening medical emergency.

Supporting students with prevalent medical health conditions in schools is complex. A whole-school approach is needed where education and community partners, including health care professionals, have important roles to play in promoting student health and safety and in fostering and maintaining healthy and safe environments in which students can learn. These supports enable students with prevalent medical health conditions to participate in school to their full potential, in all school and school board activities (e.g., field trips, overnight excursions, DSBN-sponsored sporting events).

Supports for students with prevalent medical health conditions requires both proactive and reactive measures to keep the students safe and healthy. Proactive strategies include annual training of staff and educating students and parent/guardians on prevalent medical health conditions. Also, by collaboratively creating a Plan of Care. In addition, there are reactive strategies such as allowing certain students to carry their own medication and self-administer.

These supports and resources cannot be implemented in a manner that violates existing provisions of collective agreements and the Ministry of Education Policy/Program Memorandum No. 81, Provision of Health Support Services in School Settings.