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5335 - Care of Students with Chronic Health Conditions

Students with chronic health conditions will be provided with a free appropriate public education. If their impairment does not require specially designed instruction for them to benefit educationally, they will be eligible for accommodations/modifications/interventions of the regular classroom, curriculum, or activity (i.e., the school setting) so that they have the same access to an education as students without disabilities. Such accommodations/modifications/interventions may be provided pursuant to a Section 504 Plan (Form 2260.01 F13).

Information regarding student identification, health care management, and emergency care shall be safeguarded as personally identifiable information in accordance with Policy 8330 and Policy 8350.

School health practices shall provide students with chronic health conditions the opportunity for:

  A. full participation in physical activities when students are well;


  B. modified activities as indicated by the student's health care action plan, 504 plan, or Individualized Education Plan (IEP);


  C. access to preventative medications before activity (as prescribed by their medical providers) and immediate access to emergency medications during activity;


  D. communication regarding student health status; and,


  E. access to dietary modifications and substitutions, provided the parent submits the forms authorizing such modifications as required by USDA regulations and Policy 5335.01 Food Allergies.


Healthcare management activities shall include:

  A. procedures to obtain, maintain, and utilize written orders signed by the child's parents and health care provider for students with a chronic health condition;


  B. procedures to obtain, maintain, and utilize forms documenting a life-threatening food allergy and requesting a substitution of food items, signed by the child's parents and physician, for each student with a chronic health condition;


  C. a standard emergency protocol in place for students experiencing a distress reaction if they do not have a written health care action plan on site;


  D. procedures for students to have immediate access to medications in accordance with Policy 5330 and AP 5330 that allow students to self-care and self-administer medications, inhalers, and Epi-pens, as prescribed by a medical professional and approved by parents/guardians;


  E. case management for students with frequent school absences, school health office visits, emergency department visits, or hospitalizations due to chronic health conditions;


  F. management and care of the student's chronic health condition in the classroom, in any area of the school or school grounds during school hours.


Staff will be trained about chronic health conditions and their control in each school in which there is a student with a chronic health condition.

Designated staff who have responsibility for specialized services such as giving inhaler treatments or injections, or conducting glucose and/or ketone tests shall be provided training specific to the procedures by a licensed health professional.

The School Nurse shall maintain a copy of the training program and the records of training completed by school employees.

Florida School Health Administrative guidelines shall provide guidance for the implementation of this policy.

Adopted 4/1/14

© Neola 2010

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