Understanding School Medical Consent Forms
- Emergency Consent Form: emergency consent forms authorize the school to make the decision to get medical care for your child, in the case of an emergency. such forms usually require the following types of information:
- the name, phone number and address of your child’s primary care physician;
- the name and location of your preferred hospital;
- the names and phone numbers of at least two people whom the school can contact if attempts to reach you are unsuccessful; and
- your health insurance information.
- Administration of Medication Authorization: many children need to take medication during the school day. For some children, this is an ongoing need and for others it is a short term need. For all children with this need, an authorization to administer medication form must be completed. The form should be specific as to the type of medication, the dosage and the time that it is to be administered. Some state and school districts require that the form be signed by both a doctor and the parent.
- Proof of Physical Examination and Immunizations: states require public school students to have regular physical examinations and immunizations on a certain schedule. Parents typically need to provide proof of those examinations and immunizations on a state form that is filled out and signed by the child’s doctor.
- Athletic Participation Form: student athletes usually need to fill out specific consent forms that are signed by their doctor which allow them to participate in school athletic programs.
The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.
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