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P 2890 Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Orders

The School District recognizes that some students have progressive medical conditions that may result in the students' death while present at school or school activities. The District appreciates the difficult medical and emotional decisions that must be made when families choose to limit resuscitative efforts for these students. Accordingly, the administration shall develop procedures for evaluating requests by a parent or guardian that the District honor a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order from a licensed physician.

At a minimum, the procedures will require an individualized evaluation of each request. The procedures will comply with federal and state law. A health care and resuscitation/non-resuscitation plan shall be developed for each request and shall include a determination regarding what if any resuscitation efforts are appropriate. Health care and resuscitation/non-resuscitation plans will be developed by a multidisciplinary team that shall include the student's parents or guardians and physician; appropriate school personnel (including but not limited to, the principal, counselor, and school nurse) and their consultants; and when appropriate, the student. This team will consider the best interests of the student.

The team will also address and plan for the effect of a student's sudden death on other students and staff in each school setting in which the student participates. Health care and resuscitation/non-resuscitation plans shall be reviewed regularly and have a specific limited duration. Such plans will be communicated to all school personnel who have a need to know in order to implement these plans. The administration shall coordinate with local emergency medical services to implement the plans.

If the student is receiving special education services pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) or accommodations pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Individualized Education Program (IEP) team or 504 team will be involved in the development of the Individualized Health Plan (IHP).

In addition to the usual contents of an IHP, the IHP of a student with a DNR order will specify which life-sustaining procedures will be used by district personnel in the case of an emergency. Emergency medical personnel will be summoned in all emergency situations as required in District policy. A copy of the DNR will be attached to the IHP and provided to emergency medical personnel.


Board Approved Date: November 2006
Last Updated: November 2006