The School Board of Pasco County
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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.

Chronic health conditions, for the purposes of this policy, may include, but should not be limited to:

 A.life-threatening allergies;

 B.asthma;

 C.diabetes;

 D.seizure disorders; and

 E.cardiac conditions.

All 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.

The District will coordinate school health practices for management of a chronic health condition and shall provide, as needed, for:

 A.identification of individuals with chronic health conditions;

 B.development of individual health care plans by school nurses;

 C.coordination of health care management activities by school staff;

 D.communication among school staff who interact with children with chronic health conditions;

 E.management and care of the student's chronic health condition in the classroom, in any area of the school or school grounds, or at any school related activity or event.

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

 A.full participation in physical activities as appropriate;

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

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

 D.communication regarding student health status between parents, physicians, administrators, teachers (particularly physical education teachers), and coaches.

Healthcare management activities shall include:

 A.procedures for school nurses to obtain, maintain, and utilize written health care plans, for students with chronic health conditions;

 B.annual parental and healthcare provider authorization for the administration of medications and treatments;

 C.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 pancreatic enzymes, diabetic medications/treatments, inhalers, and Epi-pens, as prescribed by a medical professional and authorized by parents/guardians;

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

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 child-specific training, at least annually, by the school nurse.

The school nurse and principal shall maintain a copy of the DSBPC training program and the records of training completed by school employees.

F.S. 381.88

Adopted 3/1/11
Revised 5/16/17

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