RICHFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS
DO NOT RESUSCITATE – DO NOT INTUBATE ORDERS
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandates that school districts provide a free and appropriate education for students with disabilities, including students with complex health needs. The Board of Education recognizes that school district staff may be confronted with requests to withhold emergency care of a student in the event of a life-threatening situation at school or school activities or be presented with Do Not Resuscitate / Do Not Intubate (DNR-DNI) orders. The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance to school district staff and parents or guardians in these situations.
II. GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY
- The primary mission of the Richfield Public Schools is education, and the school district is committed to providing related health services where necessary in order for a student to receive a free appropriate public education. However, DNR-DNI orders are medical documents that extend beyond the District’s educational mission and commitments. Accordingly, school district staff will not accept or honor requests to withhold emergency care or DNR-DNI orders, nor will school district staff convey such orders to emergency medical personnel.
- School district staff will provide reasonable emergency care and assistance when a student is undergoing a medical emergency during school or school activities.
- School district staff will activate emergency medical services (911) as soon as possible when a student is undergoing a medical emergency during school or school activities.
- The parent/guardian will be notified of the emergency as soon as possible.
- Notwithstanding this school district policy, IEP and Section 504 teams must develop individualized medical emergency care plans for students when appropriate in accordance with state and federal law.
- Parents/guardians who request that emergency care be withheld for their child or who present DNR-DNI orders, shall be advised of and shall be given a copy of this policy.
Legal References: 29 U.S.C. §794 et.seq. (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973)
42 U.S.C. §§ 12101 – 12213 (Americans with Disabilities Act)
ADOPTED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION: November 1, 2004
REVIEWED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION: February 20, 2018