A. When a student becomes ill or injured at school, it may be necessary for the student to be taken home, to a doctor, or to a hospital. This responsibility should be assumed by the parent, except in an emergency when it is apparent that an ambulance or emergency medical service should be called immediately. (See Administrative Guideline 5340A for calling procedure.)
B. The final responsibility for the safe transportation of a sick or injured student from school to home, hospital, or to emergency medical care rests with the principal.
C. No seriously sick or injured student should be allowed to go home unless there is a responsible adult (see student's Emergency Medical Card) to provide for his/her care. The student will remain in school when all measures available to locate a responsible adult have failed. When school is dismissed and no adult is available, contact Child Protective Services.
D. Ambulance and emergency medical service cost is the parent's responsibility but should never be a deterrent in providing this emergency service.
For critically injured or ill students who may warrant an ambulance or emergency medical service, the following procedures should be taken:
A. Contact the principal.
B. Determine how severe the emergency is.
C. Call ambulance or emergency medical service.
D. Administer necessary first aid, if trained or if prudence requires
E. Call parent or guardian. If parent cannot be located, call designated emergency number found on the emergency medical card.
F. Complete an accident report.
There are situations when the injury or illness of the student is not considered an emergency. In such situations,
A. notify parent or designee (emergency number provided) to pick up the student. Provide whatever information is available to help the parent decide whether or not the student should receive medical care.
B. if the parent has no available transportation, discuss other possible alternatives they might have (neighbor, relative, taxi, etc.).
C. in the event the parent cannot provide any alternative suggestions for transportation, the principal should arrange for two (if possible) staff members to transport the student home or to the location designated by the parent.
There may be situations in which the principal may designate staff members to transport the student to the doctor or the emergency room, after the parent has been notified, with the plan that the parent will meet school personnel with the student on arrival. This may be a situation when time is a factor, but emergency medical service or an ambulance is not warranted.