PROTOCOL FOR NURSING COVERAGE ON FIELD TRIPS

Students shall receive the same level of nursing care on field trips as they receive during the school day.

In grades K through 8, a nurse will accompany all field trips on which students travel outside of a reasonable distance from the school building and are absent from school if medications must be given or if a student has a medical condition for which they may require monitoring or nursing care. Short field trips within Leicester may not require nursing presence. The school principal, in consultation with the school nurse, will make the decision regarding the presence of a nurse on these field trips. On trips in which a judgment that a nursing presence is not required, the responsible teacher will be given a copy of the Health Emergency Policy. This policy will provide guidance in the event of an unexpected health emergency.

In grades 9 through 12, a nurse will accompany students if medications must be given or if a student has a medical condition for which they may require monitoring or nursing care.
During warm weather months, a nurse or a trained designee will accompany short field trips if a child has a diagnosed anaphylactic reaction to a bee sting.

Students who are allowed to carry inhalers and EpiPens may carry them on field trips. The nurse will carry a first aid kit, an EpiPen, and any medications that students may require. The nurse will also carry emergency medical lists for the students on the trip. Scheduled medications will be carried in the original prescription bottle. The nurse will carry medications on her person at all times.

Nursing personnel with access to emergency contact information will be available to the nurse by telephone during the field trip. Should the field trip extend beyond the school day, the nurse will carry the emergency forms on the field trip.

Students with serious medical conditions or students who require ready access to inhalers will not be significantly separated from the nurse on the field trip.

Reference:
Schwab, N. & Gelfman, M.H.B. (2001). Legal issues in school health services. North Branch, MN: Sunrise River Press.
Goodman, I. F., & Sheetz, A. H. (Eds.). (2007). The Comprehensive School Health Manual. Boston, MA: Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
ADOPTED: August 19, 2014