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Some Parents Thrilled, Others Mortified At Palm Beach County School District Policy

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No Bandages Without Permission As Parental Bill Of Rights Approved To New Extreme. “Embarrassed” For The Governor.


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Parents must fill out the form, above, if they want their children to receive any medical care in the Palm Beach County School District. It’s all part of the “Parental Bill of Rights” championed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.


BOCA RATON, FL ( (Copyright © 2023 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — Parents across Palm Beach County are reacting to the Palm Beach County School Board’s new policy that requires parents and guardians to “opt in” to medical care for children. Anything from bandages to Tylenol must now be approved in advance — if it’s not, it will not be administered. The only exception is lifesaving measures until a paramedic arrives on the scene. reported the new policy on Sunday. It takes effect no later than the start of the next school year. It’s all part of the “Parental Bill of Rights” championed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, but questioned by many who now suggest that the Palm Beach County School District’s interpretation goes too far.

The following are responses to our reporting on Sunday:

“Why would you write: ‘may be left to bleed, cough, or gasp?’ Really? This is the way it should be and was for years until someone thought a 6, 10 or 12 year old was capable of making decisions themselves. I am happy this now falls with the parents. Bravo!!”

“This is horrible and should default to yes treat my kid unless i sign a paper for them Not to be treated!
This law puts nurses in a Very difficult position. They are here to be care givers and it does not allow them to do that!!!

“This is what they asked for so they can’t be mad.”

“I did not sign the form. Why do they not have an option for basic first aid? The way the form reads they can either have carte blanche to do whatever they want or they won’t do anything. I don’t want the school to be able to do whatever they want without my permission and it feels like my child is being punished for me not giving them complete control. Why is it all out nothing?!? It makes no sense.”

“Biased and poorly written. First a swipe at DeSantis “knowing more than “medical experts” . Finally, at end of article saying parents can send a form to the school administration saying It is ok to help a sick child. I bet the vast majority of parents will do this and there will not be an issue. We do not need another politicized news source.”

“In Massachusetts, school nurses provide emergency care/first aid without the need for parent consent (just as we would if we came across the need outside the school). Any medication/treatment (diabetic, asthmatic, tube feedings, catherizations, etc) that is provided needs to be with authorization by health care provider and with written parent consent. All OTC (over the counter medications), tylenol/motrin/benedryl/bacitracin, etc) need parental/guardian written consent. Services provided by all Registered Nurses/Advanced Practice Nurses are clearly defined by your state’s Nurse Practice Act.”

“I’m a teacher. I don’t care what our crazy Governor says. I’m going to give a bandage to my student who scrapes a knee or hurts an elbow. I’m not going to wait for a parent to give me permission to do the right thing.”

“I agree with the policy. Parents *should* care enough to sign the waiver. The school is not the primary source of healthcare decisions, and should not be. This would not be the only time a parent needs to consent to some school-related resource or activity, and it is far from being an unreasonable burden. Due to your poor usage of quotation marks thus not knowing what is being quoted and what you are adding, it is difficult for a reader to draw conclusions.”

“I cannot understand the oppressive nature of these laws put onto schools the governor or any other state officials is enforcing. My child, who is a high-schooler attending one of Palm Beach Counties schools has been constantly informing me of even teachers acknowledging the stupidity in all of this. The banning of hundreds of books, banning of classes which discuss racism in America (Like it actually existed!) instead of the whitewashed American history classes we have today, certain talking points, it’s all unnecessary mess just to push out a narrative that cycles back to the medieval times! My child takes a history of Haiti class at her school as is telling me about her worries about the class being shut down, and that dissapoints me because so often, black history is overlooked. And if it makes certain white people insecure or “feel bad” so be it. The evils of this country mustn’t be erased, otherwise they will be repeated, as the echoes of it live on today. We need to teach our young people about the horrors of slavery, and Jim Crow, and lynching, and systemic oppression, the same way we teach about the horros of the Holocaust, and concentration camps, and persecution. Why not enlighten our young Americans rather than shield their eyes from the hard truth, and allow them to walk in the close minded and bigoted footsteps so many walk in today?”

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