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Nurse policy questions arise after student left in class with broken elbow

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According to her mother, Lleylan, a student at Coral Academy, was made to remain in a classroom after suffering a broken elbow. (Source: Marki Eisenhour) According to her mother, Lleylan, a student at Coral Academy, was made to remain in a classroom after suffering a broken elbow. (Source: Marki Eisenhour)
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A little girl sat for hours in class with a broken elbow and her mother said she was never contacted. Coral Academy answered some of our questions Wednesday. They clarified that they were in the process of hiring a nurse when the incident happened. Now, they do have a nurse on the campus and they say they're confident something like this won't happen again. However, they did not answer our questions about what their policy is on contacting parents, or if they’ve changed protocol since the incident.

[READ: School keeps child in class with broken elbow]

We went to the Clark County School District to see what its policy is. 

“If the student is injured and they're brought to a school nurse or the health office in the Clark County School District, they're probably going to be met by a first aid safety assistant, and if the nurse is on campus at the time she would probably evaluate the student as well,” CCSD Health Services Coordinator Linda Kalekas said. 

Everything CCSD does is outlined very clearly in a guide. For serious injuries and illness, it is a requirement that the first aid safety assistant and/or the school nurse make contact with the parent or guardian. The protocol is specific for every situation.

“We have electronic medical records, so we document every child that comes into the health office,” Kalekas said.

The district said it employs about one registered nurse for every two schools, and if a child reports an injury it's checked out by an aid or a nurse. If a nurse is not at the school and the injury is more than just something minor, both a nurse and the parent are immediately contacted.

“Any time there's an acute illness or injury that is considered moderate or severe, or perhaps the child is too young or incapable of communicating what occurred to them at school, we would make that parent contact," Kalekas said.

If a child is sent back to class, they notify the teacher of specific instructions for that child's condition, and they also give the parent those instructions.

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