- Each teacher needs to access student medical information at the beginning of the school year and throughout the year as per school board policy (consult the Sample Curricular Parent/Guardian Letter and Sample Curricular Medical Information and Acknowledgement of Elements of Risk Form ).
- For interschool sports, coaches need to be aware of the medical history and physical limitations of students prior to the first try-out and must have the students’ emergency contact information at all try-outs, practices, and competitions. The coach/coach liason must refer to school board policies and procedures regarding accessing and/or sharing student/athlete medical information. (consult the Sample Interschool Parent/Guardian Letter and Sample Interschool Medical Information and Consent to Participate Form).
- For intramural activities, each intramural supervisor needs to access student medical information prior to the activity as per school board policy (consult the Sample Intramural Parent/Guardian Letter and Sample Intramural Medical Information and Consent to Participate Form.
- To address a student’s medical condition (for example, asthma, life threatening allergies, diabetes, epilepsy, heart disorders, concussion) teachers/coaches must refer to the school/school board’s medical condition protocols and/or individualized student Plan of Care. For sample protocols, consult:
- Parents/Guardians must be informed of the following:
- If a student misses a physical education class/practice or game due to an injury or illness requiring professional medical attention (for example, medical doctor, chiropractor, physiotherapist), parents/guardians must communicate with the teacher/coach giving the student permission to return to physical activity. For a sample form, consult the Sample Return to Physical Activity (Non-Concussion Medical Illness/Injuries).
- Parents/guardians must provide a return to physical activity plan for students returning to activities with injuries/illness (for example, spinal injuries, fractures, torn ligaments or mononucleosis).
- Any student playing with a cast must provide a doctor’s note or parent/guardian signed permission indicating it is safe for the student to participate. Casts/orthopedic devices must not present a safety concern to the student or other participants. Modifications should be made if required. An exposed orthopaedic apparatus must be soft or padded and must be approved by the teacher/coach prior to the commencement of the activity.