Student Injury & Medical Excuses

INJURY


Minor First-Aid
Minor first aid conditions are those conditions in which the student is able to walk back to class and fully participate in school without distress such as: minor abrasions, bruises, cuts, headaches and stomachaches, bloody noses, head bumps, and non-sensitive bee stings. Many school secretaries, health aides and teachers are certified by the American Heart Association in minor first aid. They will be the primary providers of first aid as delegated by the principal and the district nurse.

In minor accidents that limit the student’s ability to participate in school, or if a student is unable to be consoled, families will be contacted. All minor first aid-related visits to the school health room will be indicated in the student’s Skyward profile.

Urgent Care
In accidents or health conditions where it appears to require more than minor first aid, staff will attempt to make the child comfortable while contacting the family. If conditions which appear to be an emergency situation such as respiratory/cardiac distress or unconsciousness, administration of emergency medication such as Epipen, Glucagon, Diastat, or in conditions which are urgent and families cannot be contacted, the ambulance will be called. The expense of the health care provider or the ambulance is the responsibility of the family.

NOTE: During school hours and at school related activities, school staff, including the district nurse, do not provide health care services beyond minor first aid. Except in an emergency, it is the family’s responsibility to call a doctor for their student or take him/her to the doctor’s office or hospital.

Emergency Contacts
Legal guardians will always be contacted first in case of emergency. EASD asks that you provide at least one, and up to three, additional emergency contacts for your student. Emergency contacts can be added and revised at any time throughout the year, and annually during Returning Student Registration.

MEDICAL/DENTAL EXCUSES


Physical Education Excuses

Wisconsin Stat. 118.15 (1) (c) states that students may be excused from a school program if a legal guardian provides written evidence from a physician or licensed practitioners that the student is not in proper physical or mental condition. Such excuses shall state the period of time for which it is valid but are not to exceed 30 days.

  • Family Notes for PE
    Families may write a note to excuse their student from physical education due to a family-identified illness or injury for one (1) day while awaiting medical follow up or healing.
Recess, Field Trips, and Extracurricular Events
Students unable to fully participate in physical education will also be unable to participate in recess activities, field trips, and extracurricular events requiring physical activity. Students who have a doctor’s note allowing for partial activity in physical education will be allowed to participate in recess, field trips, and extracurriculars as indicated by their doctor’s note.

Slings, Braces, Crutches, & Wheelchairs
Students who require the use of slings, braces, crutches, or a wheelchair due to an injury or surgery must have a physician's order stating limitations and restrictions. The doctor’s order must specifically include the use of crutches or a wheelchair during school. A doctor’s note is required to resume full activity in physical education or school programs.

Concussions
Wisconsin Stat.118.293(4)(a) states an athletic coach, or official involved in a youth athletic activity, or healthcare provider shall remove a person from the youth athletic activity if they determine that a student exhibits signs, symptoms, or behavior consistent with a concussion or head injury. A student who has been removed from a youth athletic activity under par.(a) may not participate in a youth athletic activity until he or she is evaluated by a healthcare provider and receives written clearance to participate in the activity. Wisconsin Stat.118.293(4)(b). Note: A licensed athletic trainer can clear students/athletes from a concussion.

Following a concussion, students must have a written release from a physician or a licensed athletic trainer indicating the student is able to fully participating in school academic activities prior to the student returning to physical education, recess, or extracurricular sporting events. More on EASD Concussion Protocol > 

Resuming Activity
School program limits due to breaks, sprains, or concussions require a doctor’s note to resume full activity.

Handicap Parking
Handicap parking is available at all school buildings for those students, family members, visitors, and staff who have a temporary or permanent physical disability.