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5340d AdmGuide_Transportation for Ill or Injured Students

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 AG 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 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 the appropriate local law enforcement
D. Ambulance and emergency medical service cost is the parent's responsibility but should never be a deterrent in
    providing this emergency service.
Emergency Situations
For critically injured or ill students who may warrant an ambulance or emergency medical service, the following
procedures should be taken:
    A. Determine how severe the emergency is.
    B. Call ambulance or emergency medical service.
    C. Administer necessary first aid, if trained or if prudence requires.
    D. Contact the principal.
    E. Call parent. If parent cannot be located, call designated emergency number.
    F. Complete an accident report.
Nonemergency Situations
There are those situations when the injury or illness of the student is not considered an emergency. In such
situations, the procedure to follow is:
    A. Notify parent (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 and it is inappropriate for
        the student to ride the bus, the principal may arrange for staff members (two (2) if possible) to transport the
        student home or to the location designated by the parent.
    D. 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.
Approved/Adopted:  July 13, 2009
Sharon Weinstock,
Jul 29, 2011, 6:07 AM