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ERIC Number: EJ771727
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1531-3174
Responding to School Health Crises
Gomes, Patricia; Smith, Mary
Leadership, v36 n4 p28-29, 46 Mar-Apr 2007
Today's school administrators face an increasing array of duties. Potentially one of the most serious responsibilities is student health services. It is estimated that 20% to 30% of all school-aged children in the U.S. have a health condition that may require monitoring. A survey of 60 new teachers in a medium-sized school district in California found that 71% of beginning teachers had students with chronic health conditions in their classrooms. In addition, 20% of teachers said they had experienced a medical emergency in the classroom, but only 35% felt prepared to monitor students with the potential for health emergencies. The teachers overwhelmingly said they needed information on health-related issues beyond what was covered in their teacher education programs. To address the problem, the district instituted a unique, three-pronged approach to health emergency training. Components included developing an Emergency Protocols Handbook to serve as a resource and training guide, instituting a new hire orientation in health areas for all new district staff, and establishing a no-cost cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid certification program for all school site staff as part of professional development.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California