ERIC Number: ED460441
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
An Overview of DNR Orders: Considerations for School Districts.
Rosenfeld, S. James
This paper provides an overview of legal responsibilities of school districts relating to "Do Not Resuscitate" (DNR) orders for children who are medically fragile. It addresses the incidence of school children who are medically fragile and differences in state laws that affect DNR orders. Attitudes that are preventing school districts from making sound decisions are explored and steps districts should take to comply with DNR orders are provided. These include: (1) gaining assurance that the parent, guardian, or physician making the request have the authority to do so; (2) ascertaining whether any district staff has reason to believe the parent or guardian making the request lack the authority to do so, have done so for ulterior motives, or are not motivated in the students' best interests; (3) reviewing the request or order to determine whether it can be reasonably understood and implemented by employees; (4) identifying and considering each step in the implementation process; (5) making sure all staff who might provide services to the student are alerted that a DNR order exists; and (6) documenting all arrangements in a letter with all parties acknowledging in writing that they understand and agree to the procedures that should be followed. (CR)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: South Atlantic Regional Resource Center, Plantation, FL.