When Do We Need a Nurse?
Public School Legal Obligations for Classrooms, Field Trips, and Extracurricular Activities
Monday, March 11, 2019
1:00 - 2:15 EST
Erin D. Gilsbach, Esq.
Erin D. Gilsbach, Esq.
Description of Program:
Parent demands for nurse accessibility in K-12 schools, and Section 504 requires that schools make necessary medical accommodations for students. And all of this is occurring at a time when schools are suffering from severe funding shortages. While schools would prefer to have readily-accessible nursing staff at all student events, razor-thin budgets and nursing availability often make this in impossibility. Many schools have considered downsizing extracurricular offerings and cancelling field trips out of concern for potential liability. But when is a school nurse legally required to be present during these events?
This session analyzes the laws that may require schools to have nursing staff present and discusses practical solutions to nursing shortages. Atty. Erin D. Gilsbach, who is a frequent presenter at school nursing conferences and has advised many school nurses and schools on school nursing issues, takes a closer look at this tricky subject. Can/should schools use parents of students with disabilities in lieu of school nurses? Is self-administration of medication on school trips a viable alternative to having a nurse present? Are schools lawfully able to use volunteer nurses as chaperones on school trips in lieu of hiring nurses to attend? What laws apply to a decision regarding whether a school nurse is required? Atty. Gilsbach answers these and many more questions in this informative session, which provides important and much-needed information on this difficult subject. All school leaders, school nurses, educators, and school trip/extracurricular advisers/organizers need to have this essential information.
About the Presenter:
Erin D. Gilsbach, Esq. is the Executive Director of EdLaw Interactive (edlawinteractive.com). An experienced speaker at the state and national levels on matters regarding school law and a frequent author on education law topics, Atty. Gilsbach provides a wide variety of training programs, as well as legal consulting services, to school districts, charter schools, non-public schools, and education-related organizations. A former high school English teacher who served for over two years at the PA Dept. of Education’s Office of Chief Counsel, Atty. Gilsbach was voted by her peers as a SuperLawyers “Rising Star Attorney” for 5 consecutive years. She currently services as the Immediate Past-President of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) Solicitor’s Association, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the National School Boards Association (NSBA) Council of School Attorneys (COSA). She is an active member of and frequent presenter and author for NSBA, COSA, PSBA, the National Business Institute (NBI), LRP’s National Institute, and the Education Law Association (ELA). Attorney Gilsbach was named the 2018 Distinguished Speaker at the annual Missouri Council of Administrators of Special Education. Atty. Gilsbach has authored a book on public school obligations to students with medical needs, which is scheduled to be published by LRP publications in the summer of 2019.