The Board of Education shall provide health services for all Wilkes County students. School nurses shall work on a part-time basis in each of the schools to provide assessment, care planning and on-going evaluation of students with special health care service needs in the school setting. The number of nurses assigned will be dependent upon the amount of available funds and the caseload.
In compliance with applicable legal requirements, the school district will administer drugs or medication prescribed by a doctor 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 pupil; and perform any other first aid or life saving technique in which training has been provided.
A central office staff member will act as liaison and coordinator in working with the school health nurses and the health department in such matters as immunizations, screening schedules, and joint planning for school health. The superintendent may develop procedures or delegate the development of procedures to each school for providing these health services and meeting the following Wilkes County Board of Education requirements:
• The principal must determine at the commencement of each school year prior to the beginning of classes, and thereafter as circumstances require, which employees will participate in the health services program. This information must be shared with all personnel who have a need to know.
• Any employee designated to provide health care services must receive appropriate training.
• Health manuals prepared by state departments will be followed in developing appropriate procedures and for determining which tasks must be performed by registered nurses, so long as these references are consistent with the law and are not unnecessarily burdensome.
• Procedures must be consistent with all related Board of Education policies, including Communicable Diseases, 4230, and Administering Medicines to Students, 6125.
• Procedures must be consistent with state and federal law for disabled students, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Procedures Governing Programs and Services for Children with Special Needs will be followed, as applicable, for children with recognized exceptionalities.
• 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.
• Parental consent will be obtained as required by law. Parents must be notified of their rights in accordance with policy 1310/4002, Parental Involvement.
• Health professionals should be consulted in the development of health services. Opportunities also should be provided for input from staff, parents and students on the health services provided at the school.
Legal References: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 20 U.S.C. 1414 et seq.; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. 794; Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. 12101; Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C. 1232g; G.S. 115C-12(12), -36, -307(c); 16 NCAC 6D.0402; N.C. Board of Nursing Administrative Code .0221, .0224.
Cross References: Parental Involvement (policy 1310/4002), Communicable Diseases (policy 4230), Student Records (policy 4700), Administering Medicines to Students (policy 6125)
Adopted: January 9, 2006