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Sweetwater Un HSD |  BP  5141  Students

Health Care And Emergencies   

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The Board of Trustees recognizes the importance of taking appropriate action whenever an emergency threatens the safety, health, or welfare of a student at school or during school-sponsored activities.

(cf. 0450 - Comprehensive Safety Plan)

(cf. 3516 - Emergencies and Disaster Preparedness Plan)

(cf. 5141.21 - Administering Medication and Monitoring Health Conditions)

(cf. 5141.23 - Infectious Diseases)

(cf. 5142 - Safety)

The Superintendent or his/her designee shall develop procedures to ensure that first aid and/or medical attention is provided as quickly as possible when student accidents and injuries occur and that parents/guardians are notified as appropriate.

(cf. 3530 - Risk Management/Insurance)

(cf. 5143 - Insurance)

(cf. 6145.2 - Athletic Competition)

The Superintendent or his/her designee shall ask parents/guardians to provide emergency contact information in order to facilitate communication in the event of an accident or illness.

District staff shall appropriately report and document student accidents.

School Lifesaving Measures for Students

School lifesaving measures for students will be enacted to protect the health and safety and physical development of the students while they are attending school. The district shall be obligated to administer any first aid treatment which shall be considered lifesaving.

Parents/Guardian Request for "No Code" or "DNR" ("Do Not Resuscitate")

1. The district will not comply with directives from parents/guardians or others that life-sustaining emergency care should not be provided to any particular student in need of such care while under the control and supervision of the school district.

2. Due to the legal and medical complexity of "no code/DNR" directives, school staff shall not honor this request but will immediately take reasonable steps to transfer care of the child to a physician or paramedic who may be willing to honor the "no code/DNR" directive.

3. The parent/legal guardian may request to enroll their child in home study during the final stages of a catastrophic illness or other potentially life-threatening health condition if they do not wish the district to intervene with lifesaving measures.

Automated External Defibrillators

The Board authorizes the placement of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) at designated school sites for use by designated personnel who have volunteered to receive training in the use of AEDs.

The Superintendent or his/her designee shall develop guidelines for employees regarding the use of these devices and shall ensure that employees receive training on their proper use and handling. The guidelines shall also specify the placement, security, and maintenance of the AED.

The authorization of AEDs in district schools shall not be deemed to create a guarantee or obligation to use the AED in the case of an emergency nor any expectation that an AED or trained employee will be present and/or able to use an AED in an emergency or any expectation that the AED will operate properly.

Legal Reference:


32040-32044 First aid equipment

49300-49307 School safety patrols

49407 Liability for treatment

49408 Emergency information

49409 Athletic events; physicians and surgeons; emergency medical care; immunity

49470 Medical and hospital services for athletic program

49471 Medical and hospital services not provided or available

49472 Medical and hospital services for pupils

49474 Ambulance services

51202 Instruction in personal and public health and safety


1714.21 Defibrillators; CPR; immunity from civil liability


6550-6552 Caregivers


1797.196 Automatic external defibrillators, immunity from civil liability


5193 California Bloodborne Pathogens Standard

Management Resources:


American Heart Association:

American Red Cross:

California Department of Health Care Services:


adopted: November 17, 2008 Chula Vista, California