Emergency Treatment - Procedures - 3431-P
Staff are encouraged to become trained and/or maintain skills in recognized first aid procedures, especially through Red Cross certified providers. Staff have the affirmative duty to aid an injured student and act in a reasonable and prudent manner in obtaining immediate care. The staff member who exercises their judgment and skills in aiding an injured person during the school day or during a school event is protected by the district's liability insurance except when the individual is operating outside the scope of their employment or designated duties.
Any child who appears to be very ill or who has received a serious injury should be either sent home with a parent or to an emergency facility as quickly as possible. The principal or designee will be responsible for making the appropriate decision. For a life-threatening or serious emergency (severe bleeding, shock, breathing difficulty, heart attack, head or neck injuries), call 911 for an aid car. The principal, nurse, responsible designated person, or involved staff member should contact the parent as quickly as possible. Once emergency medical personnel are on the scene, the District will follow their recommendations. If a parent or parent-designee is not present, a District employee will accompany the student to the emergency care facility and stay until the parent arrives.
If the parent cannot be contacted, call the emergency number listed on the child's enrollment card to determine the next course of action.
If illness or injury is not life-threatening, the parent should arrange transportation. Do not let a child walk home if they have a high fever (102+), has a head injury, or is likely to go into shock from injury.
If the injury is deemed to be minor, the trained staff member should:
- Administer first aid to the child as necessary (following standard Red Cross procedure and District guidelines).
- Notify the nurse, principal or responsible designated person. The nurse may be consulted by phone if not in the building.
- Remain with the child until released by the principal, nurse, responsible person, or the parent/guardian.
- The nurse, principal or other responsible person so designated should make the decision whether an ill or injured child who has received first aid should return to class. If there is any doubt the parent should be consulted.
If a serious injury occurs during a physical education class or during an athletic team practice or game, emergency procedures will be conducted in the following manner:
- Stop play immediately at first indication of possible injury or illness.
- Look for obvious deformity or other deviation from the athlete's normal structure or motion.
- Listen to the athlete's description of his complaint and how the injury occurred.
- Act, but move the athlete only after serious injury is ruled out.
The teacher or coach should avoid being hurried into moving an athlete who has been hurt. They should attempt to restore life - sustaining functions, (e.g., stop/repair uncontrolled bleeding, suffocation, cardiac arrest) before moving the athlete to an emergency facility. An athlete with a suspected head, neck or spinal injury should not be moved. If no physician is available, call 911 and proceed with caution according to first aid procedures. If they must accompany the student to a doctor, the activity or event should cease.
An accident report must be completed by the activity director, as soon as possible, from information provided by the person at the scene of the accident. The written report should include a description of the circumstances of the illness or injury and procedures followed in handling it at school. A copy should be included in the student's folder and a copy should be sent to the Superintendent.
School staff may not accept and may not agree to comply with directives to physicians that would withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment from students.
July 20, 1998
June 18, 2003