Recommended Responses to Health Conditions for School Staff
Many students have inhalers that they use when needed. Send any student who is experiencing symptoms (wheezing, coughing, trouble breathing, tightness in the chest) to the clinic accompanied by another student or staff member. Common triggers are: pollen, dust mold, fumes from cleaners, sprays and paint (Attention: art and industrial science teachers), perfume or tobacco smoke, upper respiratory infections, strenuous exercise and stress.
Some students are allergic to nuts, shellfish and/or other foods. Some students are allergic to bee stings, or latex, etc. Exposure to an allergen may cause a life-threatening reaction. S&S: rash, skin flushed, dry cool, clammy; swelling of affected areas, face, tongue, neck; breathing difficulty, wheezing, gurgling or high pitched sounds; increased heart rate and weak pulse. If a reaction occurs, stay with the student, notify the clinic or escort there.
If a seizure occurs, watch the student closely, and, if necessary, guide the student to the floor. Protect the student by moving furniture out of the way. If possible, place a cushion or blanket under the head. Do not wedge anything in the student’s mouth. Once seizure is complete, then gently turn the student onto his/her side. Notify the clinic. Remain with the student until stable.
Warning signs of low blood sugar:
- Sweaty, pale skin
- Lack of coordination
- Loss of consciousness
Notify clinic. If the student can swallow some form of sugar (juice, candy) give immediately. Remain with student until clinic staff arrive or escort to clinic.
Consider special seating for students with hearing loss. Have ear with best hearing toward the voice of the teacher.
Standard Precautions (For Use with Students and Staff)
This will help eliminate the spread of all communicable disease. Students and staff should NEVER touch or attempt to clean up vomit or body fluids. This should be left to custodial staff who are specially trained in the clean up procedure.If a student is bleeding to the extent that intervention is necessary, the student should apply direct pressure to the wound. Use gloves if help is needed. Always wash hands after contact.
When planning school field trips always consult with clinic staff/parent(s) concerning students with above conditions.