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What happens when a nurse is absent from school and your disabled child requires a nurse to be on campus because of his/her medical condition?

Like most employees, nurses are not immune to an occasional day off from work. But when it comes to a student whose medical condition necessitates the ongoing presence of a nurse at school, school districts should not wait for a nurse to call in sick before developing a back-up plan. Even if it is for just one day, the school district is still under the obligation per IDEA to properly implement a child's IEP, including nursing services. As such, it is prudent that school districts take all necessary steps to ensure that a student receives services when his/her assigned nurse misses school such as creating a plan when a nurse is unavailable, work with a 3rd party provider to ensure coverage or train a full time nurse who is on campus throughout the entire school day.

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