The Edmonds School District reminds parents that students with life-threatening conditions must have their doctors orders and medications turned in at their school by Aug. 20 to guarantee that they can start school on Sept. 4.
This allows the school nurses time to create a care plan for them so they can safely attend school.
The children with life-threatening health conditions is a Washington State Law, which defines a life-threatening condition as “a health condition that will put the child in danger of death during the school day if a medication or treatment order and a nursing plan are not in place.” Children with life-threatening conditions such as severe bee sting or severe food allergies, severe asthma, diabetes, severe seizures, or other at-risk conditions are now required to have the following in place before they can begin school:
A nursing plan; (This will be written by the school nurse.)
A medication or treatment order, if appropriate. The medication or treatment order must be from the child’s licensed healthcare provider (LHP), who may be a doctor, physician’s assistant, advanced registered nurse practitioner, etc;
Any necessary, ordered medication or equipment to implement the health plan on site.
If a medication or treatment order is not provided, the principal of the school is required to exclude the child until such an order has been provided. This requirement applies to students with a life-threatening condition who are new to the district, and students who are already attending the school. Exclusion procedures are guided by the state mandated rules of the State Board of Education and based on providing a safe, healthy setting for students. If your child has a life-threatening health condition that may require medical services to be performed at school, you need to immediately notify your school’s principal and school nurse. The necessary forms will be provided and a time will be arranged for you to meet with your child’s school nurse/educational health specialist.
(note: it is not necessary to have multiple forms for the same medication)
Please call your school’s main office if you have any questions or would like further clarification.