Should an elementary school teacher be responsible for administering medicine?

A first grade student in current class has very bad diabetes. Administration has said the the teacher (1st grade) is responsible for this child, thus 5 times a day must take blood sugar, do math computations, and administer insulin. In the case (which has occurred) that math is done incorrectly, or when blood sugar levels fall or rise to extremes, the teacher must obtain a pee sample in a cup from the child for alternate testing No gloves provided for anything. School nurse only present 2 days a week, for mere hours.

Asked on October 17, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, North Carolina


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Oh my goodness.  Oh my goodness.  The first grade teacher is NOT qualified - and I think we all agree to that - to do what they are asking and the school is putting not only the child but the teacher at risk here.  You need to seek guidance from an attorney in your area that knows what the health law mandates for schools ad school nurses and look at it in conjunction with a child who has a medical condition (disability).  You may need to sue the school board or school district to provide the necessary party on site to deal with the child's illness.  The teacher should ABSOLUTELY NOT be dispensing insulin tot he child.  That is ABSOLUTELY illegal.  Please do not put the child at risk by allowing this to continue.  Pull the child out of school on a pretense if you need.  And seek legal help NOW.  Good luck.

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