ERIC Number: ED420128
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-May
Reference Count: N/A
The Medically Fragile Child in the School Setting. Second Edition.
American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.
This guide for teachers whose classes include a medically fragile child considers roles and responsibilities of teachers with these students, teachers' rights as school employees, and possible solutions and protections for local unions to pursue. Chapter 1 provides an overview. It defines "medically fragile," summarizes legal requirements under federal law, and presents the position of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) that teachers should not be the primary service providers of health care services to these children. Chapter 2 considers the role and responsibilities of the school nurse as well as legal considerations for the school nurse. Chapter 3 raises legal issues about medically fragile children such as the importance of complete and confidential school records, liability issues for school personnel including school nurses, and "Do Not Resuscitate" orders. Chapter 4 details the roles of non-nursing school personnel including the teacher, the paraprofessional, bus drivers, and others. Chapter 5 raises such health and safety issues as communicable diseases and chapter 6 gives practical suggestions for coping in the classroom. Chapter 7 offers examples from union contracts which address specific concerns. Among nine appendices are AFT policy statements, position papers from non-AFT organizations, sample state legislation, a summary of State Nurse Practice Act provisions, a directory of State Boards of Nursing, and sample forms and letters. (Contains 25 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Collective Bargaining, Compliance (Legal), Conflict Resolution, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Legal Responsibility, Medical Services, School Nurses, Severe Disabilities, Special Health Problems, Teacher Associations, Teacher Role
American Federation of Teachers, 555 New Jersey Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20001-2079 (Item No. 451-a).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.