Some students have serious medical conditions that can affect their ability to learn and play while at school. Allergies and asthma are common, but there are also many other life-threatening (and non-life threatening) conditions that can impact students’ health and safety. The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) has procedures in place that support students with medical conditions.
If your child has a medical condition that could affect their health while at school, it’s important to notify your school principal in writing. The principal will work with you and your family to make sure that a SCDSB Medical Response Plan is developed. The Medical Response Plan helps to make sure that members of your child’s school community are aware of and know how to respond to your child. The plan is created with your child’s unique medical needs in mind, so ask your child’s doctor/healthcare provider to be involved too.
It’s also important to teach your child to understand their medical condition. Use language they’ll understand and encourage them to take on age-appropriate responsibilities for managing their condition, such as:
- how to recognize early signs and symptoms
- to tell a teacher or another adult at the school if they start to feel any symptoms related to their medical condition
- knowing where their medication is kept at school
- how to safely carry and take their own medication (if appropriate)
- to take as much responsibility as possible for their own safety
All students should also be taught not to share snacks, lunches or drinks with other students and to wash their hands with soap and water (or use a hand sanitizer) to prevent illness and allergies.
If you’re a parent interested in learning more about creating a Medical Response Plan for your child, please visit the SCDSB website or speak to your school’s principal. The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is also a great resource for schools looking for resources to support student health. Visit the website at www.simcoemuskokahealth.org or call Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520.
~ Stephanie Jones RN
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