School Accidents: Injury
The American Heart Association certifies some of the school secretaries, part-time health aides and teachers in minor first aid. They will be the primary providers of first aid as delegated by the principal and the district nurse. Minor first aid conditions are those conditions in which the student is able to walk back to class and fully participate in school without distress such as: minor abrasions, minor bruises, minor cuts, minor headaches and stomachaches, bloody noses, minor head bumps, and non-sensitive bee sting.
If the child is capable of independent verbalization, the school staff will not contact the parents to inform them that the child needed minor first aid care. In minor school accidents that limit the child’s ability to participate in school or if a child is unable to be consoled, parents will be contacted.
In accidents or health conditions where it appears to require more than minor first aid, the staff will attempt to make the child comfortable while contacting the parent who has primary custody. If conditions which appear to be an emergency situation such as respiratory/cardiac distress, unconsciousness, administration of emergency medication such as Epipen, Glucagon, Diastat, or in conditions which are urgent and parents cannot be contacted, the ambulance will be called. The expense of the health care provider or the ambulance is the responsibility of the parent.
NOTE: During school hours and school related activities, the school staff, including the district nurse and the district medical director, do not provide health care services beyond minor first aid. Except in an emergency, it is the parent’s responsibility to call a doctor for a child or take him/her to the doctor’s office or hospital.
Emergency Information - Online Skyward Student Alert Information
All parents are required to fill out the online enrollment emergency information annually for each child annually prior to the start of the school year. Unlisted telephone numbers must be stated. If emergency treatment is required, your online information enables us to call you. Please update the enrollment information as needed throughout the school year. Please select a contact person who can act in your behalf if we are unable to reach you during an emergency. If you don’t have a telephone, please select a contact person that we can contact who can contact you.
Life Threatening Allergies and Emergency Medication
Wisconsin State Law (statute 118.29) and the EASD policy specifically permits authorized personnel to administer rescue (immediate-acting) inhalers, epinephrine, glucagon, and rectal diazepam to students who appear to be having a life threatening medical response to known students with medical orders and parent consent.
In addition, the law permits authorized personnel to administer epinephrine to students who appear to be having an allergic reaction, and glucagon to known students for diabetes for severe low blood sugar with an altered state of consciousness, without parent and medical provider permission. In both cases, a bus driver, employee, or volunteer must report the event by calling “911.” (Wis. Stat. sec. 118.29(2)). As with other prescription medication, the physician and parent must comply with the requirements for medications within the school. That can be a physician order and a parent note or a physician signed Emergency Health Care Plan for Known Severe Allergic Reaction. Parents are required to provide the emergency medication to school by the first day of school. It is suggested that the student wear a medical alert bracelet or necklace when at school and that the parents meet with the classroom teacher(s) to explain the life-threatening health condition. Parents are encouraged to attend field trips and classroom-school parties with their child.
Crutches & Wheelchair Doctor Excuses
Dental and Doctor Excuses for Physical Education:
Physical Education Excuses:
Wisconsin Stat. 118.15 (1) (c) states that students may be excused from a school program if a parent/guardian provides written evidence from a physician or licensed practitioners that the student is not in proper physical or mental condition. Such excuses shall state the period of time for which it is valid but not to exceed 30 days.
Recess, Field Trips, and Extracurricular Events:
Those students unable to fully participate in physical education will also be unable to participate in recess activities, field trips, and extracurricular events requiring physical activity. Students who have a doctor’s note allowing for partial activity in physical education will be allowed to participate in recess, field trips, and extracurricular events as activity indicates.
School program limits due to breaks, sprains, or concussions require a doctor’s note to resume full activity.
Parent notes for PE:
Parents may write a note to excuse their child from physical education due to a parent identified illness or injury for 1 day while awaiting medical follow up or healing.
Slings, braces, crutches, or a wheelchair
Students who require the use of slings, braces, crutches, or a wheelchair due to an injury or surgery must have a physician's order stating limitations and restrictions. The doctor’s order must specifically include the use of crutches or a wheelchair during school. A doctor’s note is required to resume full activity in physical education or school programs.
Wisconsin Stat.118.293(4)(a) states an athletic coach, or official involved in a youth athletic activity, or health care provider shall remove a person from the youth athletic activity if the coach, official, or health care provider determines that the person exhibits signs, symptoms, or behavior consistent with a concussion or head injury or the coach, official, or health care provider suspects the person has sustained a concussion or head injury. A person who has been removed from a youth athletic activity under par.(a) may not participate in a youth athletic activity until he or she is evaluated by a health care provider and receives a written clearance to participate in the activity from the health care provider. Wisconsin Stat.118.293(4)(b). Note: A licensed athletic trainer can clear students/athletes from a concussion.
Following a concussion, students must have a written release from a physician or a licensed athletic trainer indicating the student is able to fully participating in school academic activities prior to the student returning to physical education, recess, or extracurricular sporting events. See EASD policies on Return to Academics and Return to Play following a concussion.
Handicap parking is available at all school buildings for those students, family members, visitors and staff who have a temporary or permanent physical disability.
If you are an able-bodied person, please keep those parking areas open for those
that need them. Thank you!
What additional forms are needed?
1. The Elkhorn Area School District requests student have a physical and dental exam when they enter the school district in 4k/5k or a new student and then in grades 4th, 7th, 9th. If participating in high school sports, a physical is required for 11th grade.
2.. Immunization record are required for all students.
3. The EASD is required by Wis. Law to request an eye exam for all incoming kindergarten students
4. A health history form is requested each year.
5. Students who require prescription or parent-requested medication at school must have a prescription medication or non-prescription medication form completed each year.
6. Students who have chronic health conditions which require emergency medication (Epipen, Inhaler, Diastat, Glucagon, or insulin) at school must have an emergency action/health plan each year.
7. Students who have a health condition which requires nursing services will require a medical plan of care with physician's orders and a consent for release of information form each year.
Child Abuse Laws
Child abuse is any mistreatment of a child that results in harm or injury and that has no ''reasonable'' explanation. By Wis. State Statutes 48.981 (b) the definition of a "child" means any person under 18 years of age. Wisconsin State Statute (48.981) requires mandated reporters to immediately, upon having reasonable cause to believe there is neglect or physical or sexual abuse has occurred, or having reason to believe that a child has been threatened with abuse or neglect and that the abuse or neglect will occur shall immediately make a report to the designated authorities. Compliance with the reporting procedures is mandated for teachers, administrators, nurses, social workers, and counselors. These employees are subject to fines and/ or legal action for failure to report any suspected cases. If you believe a child you know has been or is being neglected or physically or sexually abused, please contact the Walworth County Human Service Department at (262) 741-3200.
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