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District School Board of Niagara
Policy School Operations

G-16 Administering Emergency Health Services to Students

Date Mar 2016
Review Mar 2021

SEVERE ALLERGIES, FOOD ALLERGIES, INSECT BITES, ETC.

  1. A parent, guardian or student 18 years of age or older that knows that their child/ward or themselves (if the student is 18 years of age or older), has a severe allergy to certain substances, foods, insect stings or may suffer reactions to drugs, the parent, guardian or student 18 years of age or older may request, in writing, that a School Administrator(s) have on file a written Emergency Action Plan. The Emergency Action Plan must be prescribed, in writing, by a physician.
  2. Under these conditions, the School Administrator(s) must make note of the Emergency Action Plan in the student’s Ontario Student Record Folder and make the plans for the emergency procedure known to appropriate staff, including transportation providers, so that assistance can be given to a student.

ASTHMA

  1. A parent, guardian or student 18 years of age or older that knows that their child/ward or themselves (if the student is 18 years of age or older), has asthma, the parent, guardian or student 18 years of age or older may request, in writing, that a School Administrator(s) have on file a written Emergency Action Plan. The Emergency Action Plan must be prescribed, in writing, by a physician.
  2. Under these conditions, the School Administrator(s) must make note of the Emergency Action Plan in the student's Ontario Student Record Folder and make the plans for the emergency procedure known to appropriate staff so that appropriate assistance can be given to a student.

EPILEPSY

  1. A parent, guardian or student 18 years of age or older that knows that their child/ward or themselves (if the student is 18 years of age or older), suffers from epileptic seizures, the parent, guardian or student 18 years of age or older may request, in writing, that a School Administrator(s) have on file a written Emergency Action Plan. The Emergency Action Plan must be prescribed, in writing, by a physician.
  2. Under these conditions, the School Administrator(s) must make note of the Emergency Action Plan in the student's Ontario Student Record Folder and make the plans for the emergency procedure known to appropriate staff so that appropriate assistance can be given to a student.

DIABETES

  1. A parent, guardian or student 18 years of age or older that knows that their child/ward or themselves (if the student is 18 years of age or older), has diabetes, the parent, guardian or student 18 years of age or older may request, in writing, that an School Administrator(s) have on file a written Emergency Action Plan. The Emergency Action Plan must be prescribed, in writing, by a physician.
  2. Under these conditions, the School Administrator(s) must make note of the Emergency Action Plan in the student's Ontario Student Record Folder and make the plans for the emergency procedure known to appropriate staff so that appropriate assistance can be given to a student.
  3. DSBN staff are not required to administer any insulin injections or to use a glucagon.
  4. Schools should permit students living with diabetes to monitor their blood glucose (sugar), administer insulin and treat low blood glucose (hypoglycemia) and high blood glucose (hyperglycemia) conveniently and safely wherever and whenever required. School personnel should be trained to recognize emergency situations and to respond appropriately.

NOTE:

  • Nothing in this Policy shall prevent a School Administrator(s) or other staff member from administering emergency assistance to a student if the need arises.
  • Action plans will be developed consistent with the roles and responsibilities outlined in Ministry Memorandum #81 (1984) and the Education Act.

References

  • Policy G-15: Student Medical Information
  • Policy G-17: Provision of Health Support Services to Students
  • Policy G-18: Anaphylaxis (Severe Allergies)
  • Policy G-37: Asthma Friendly Schools
  • Administrative Procedure 1:38: Environmental Sensitivities
  • Administrative Procedure 3-12: Administering Health Support Services to Students
  • Administrative Procedure 3-13: Anaphylaxis (Severe Allergies, Food Allergies, Insect Bites, etc.)
  • Administrative Procedure 3-24: Emergency Action Plan for Students with Special Medical Problems
  • Administrative Procedure 3-31: Asthma Friendly Schools