The division recognizes the authority awarded to parents/legal guardians for their children. Accordingly, the division directs its employees to refrain from offering consent for medical treatment of students.
Where students require medical attention as a result of situations arising under their care, employee action will be according to the following procedures.
- Where, in the judgment of an employee, it is necessary for a student to obtain the services of a medical practitioner/facility, the employee shall:
- Arrange for the transportation of the student;
- Arrange for his/her or another employee's attendance with the student at the medical facility;
- Attend with the student until:
- Relieved by parent/legal guardian;
- Relieved by another employee;
- The student is discharged by the practitioner/facility; or
- Advised by a medical practitioner that there is no further need to remain at treatment, and safety of the child has been undertaken by the medical staff/institution.
- Upon arrival at the practitioner/facility, advise those in authority that he/she is not the parent/legal guardian of the student;
- Refrain from offering consent for medical treatment.
- On those occasions where medical treatment is refused because of lack of valid consent, the employee shall:
- Defer to the opinion of the medical practitioner;
- Solicit advice from the medical practitioner as to appropriate courses of action;
- Advise his/her supervisor of the problem and advice of the medical practitioner; and
- Take such course of action as recommended by the medical practitioner and approved by his/her supervisor.