Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools




170 Chestnut Street,
Amherst MA 01002

Policy JLC: Student Health Services and Requirements

Home 5 Policy JLC: Student Health Services and Requirements

Activities may include identification of student health needs, health screening tests (including eye and hearing screening test),communicable disease prevention and control, promotion of the correction of remediable health defects, emergency care of the ill and injured, health counseling, health and safety education, and the maintenance of a healthful school environment.

The District recognizes that parents/guardians have the primary responsibility for the health of their students.  The school will cooperate with appropriate professional organizations associated with maintaining individual and community health and safety.

The District will provide the services of a medical consultant who will render medical and administrative consultative services for personnel responsible for school health and athletics.

Procedures for Emergency at School

School personnel will give only emergency care to students who become ill or injured on school property, buses, or while under school supervision.

Each year parents/guardians will supply information indicating where the student is to be taken in case of an emergency; the name, address,and phone number of a neighbor to be contacted in case the parent/guardian is not available; and any allergies or diseases the student might have.

The District will maintain a Medical Emergency Response Plan, as required by law, and an Emergency Procedures Handbook, which will be utilized by District personnel for handling emergencies.  Emergency procedures will include the following:

  • Provision for care beyond First Aid, which would enable care by the family or its  physician or the local Emergency Medical Services agencies.  In instances when the EMS  is required, every effort will be made to provide the unit with the student’s Emergency  Card which lists any allergies or diseases the student might have.

  • Information relative to not permitting the administration of any form of medicine or  drugs to students without written approval of parents/guardians.  Requests made by  parents for such administration of medication will be reviewed and approved by the  Principal or his/her designee.

  • Provisions for reporting all accidents, cases of injury, or illness to the Principal.   Provisions will be made (in all cases of injury or illness involving possible legal or public  relations implications) for reporting such to the appropriate executive director of  education immediately.

  • Prompt reporting by teachers to the Principal or his/her designee any accident or serious  illness, and such reports will be filed with the Business Office.

Student Illness or Injury

In case of illness or injury, the parent or guardian will be contacted and asked to call for the student or provide the transportation. 

Transportation of an ill or injured student is not normally to be provided by the school.  If the parent cannot provide transportation and the student is ill or injured, an ambulance may be called.  Expense incurred as a result of emergency ambulance use will not be borne by the District.

Transportation of a student by school personnel will be done only in an emergency and by the individual so designated by the school administrator.


MGL 71:5371:54 , 71:54A, 71:54B, 71:55, 71:55A, 71:55B, 71:56, 71:57, 69:8A

 Region Voted to Approve:
Amherst Voted to Approve:8/28/12
Pelham Voted to Approve: