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PALM BEACH SCHOOLS: No More Bandages, Other Care For Kids Without Parental Consent

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TOO FAR? Parental Bill Of Rights Means School District Only Provides Life Saving Care, And Only For Minutes…

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If parents don’t sign this form, their kids will be left to bleed, cough, or gasp under a new policy implemented by the Palm Beach County School District due Florida’s “Parental Bill of Rights.” Lifesaving care will temporarily be administered, but little else.

BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2023 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — A new policy just approved by the Palm Beach County School Board may be an example of the “Parents Bill of Rights” going too far. Under his administration, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has been attempting to have parents show that they are smarter than trained educational professional and, now, medical professionals. The Palm Beach County School District has no choice but to play along.

To that end, the school district will no longer provide bandaids for scrapes and scratches, headaches will require a call home before they’re treated. While CPR will be administered until first responders arrive in the case of a near-death incident, all other care will likely be withheld until parents approve administration.

This is the language adopted by the Palm Beach County School District:

“Parent or legal guardian must authorize healthcare services to be provided for their student by a healthcare practitioner or their delegate, as defined in F.S.§ 456.001 and F.S. 1006.062, should the need arise for such treatment, while their student is under the supervision of the school. Authorization must be provided on the student registration form (PBSD 0636) or Parent/Guardian Consent for School Health Services form (PBSD 2667).

b. If the parent or legal guardian declines healthcare services for their student while under the supervision of the school, the parent or guardian will be called to pick up the student for all emergency health needs. According to Fla. Stat. 381.0056, emergency health needs include the “onsite evaluation, management and aid for illness or injury pending the student’s return to the classroom or release to a parent, guardian, designated friend, law enforcement officer or designated health care provider.” This provision will also include all instances where students are feeling ill, have a headache or injuries such as cuts, scrapes, bumps, or bruises. Emergency medical services will be called for any injury or illness deemed serious. When required, first aid, CPR, or the use of an AED will also be provided until emergency medical services arrive on campus.”

Parents DO have the ability to file a form with the Palm Beach County School District to approve all care in advance. But students who do not have that authorization on file may be left to bleed, cough, or gasp.

What do you think of the new Palm Beach County School District policy? Use the form below to share your thoughts.

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