Preparing your child for schoolPPreparing your child for schoolPreparing your child for schoolEnglishRespiratoryChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)Lungs;TracheaRespiratory systemNon-drug treatment;Support, services and resourcesCaregivers Adult (19+) Hospital healthcare providersNA2017-06-29T04:00:00ZReshma Amin, MD, FRCPC, MSc;Faiza Syed, BHSc, RRT;Tuyen Tran, RRT000Flat ContentHealth A-Z

 

 

Preparing your child for school2971.00000000000Preparing your child for schoolPreparing your child for schoolPEnglishRespiratoryChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)Lungs;TracheaRespiratory systemNon-drug treatment;Support, services and resourcesCaregivers Adult (19+) Hospital healthcare providersNA2017-06-29T04:00:00ZReshma Amin, MD, FRCPC, MSc;Faiza Syed, BHSc, RRT;Tuyen Tran, RRT000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<h2>What should I consider when preparing to send my child to school?</h2><p>Going to school is an important opportunity for your child to learn, make friends and spend time outside the home. You can do some important preparations to make sure your child's school environment is safe and accessible.</p><h3>Mobility</h3><p>When considering schools for your child to attend, always ask about accessibility and mobility. For example:</p><ul><li>"Are all of the classes on one floor or on multiple floors?"</li><li>"Are there elevators and is the school wheelchair-accessible?"</li><li>"If your child needs help with going to the bathroom, are washrooms near your child's classrooms and do they have enough space to accommodate your child’s needs?"<br></li></ul><h3>Nursing</h3><p>Children attending kindergarten through grade 12, who under age 18 years, are eligible for nursing provided by the Community Care Access Centre (CCAC). These nursing hours are in addition to the nursing support your child receives at home. Speak to your CCAC manager for more information.</p><h3>Allied health services</h3><p>Many children are eligible for allied health services (for example physiotherapy, occupational therapy) at school. Check with the school as well as your Community Care Access Centre manager for more information.</p><h3>Contact information</h3><p>It is important to identify the key contact people at your child's school. Usually, key contact people include the principal, you child’s teacher and any allied health professionals. Record these people’s names and numbers where you can always easily access them.</p><p> <em>Example</em></p><table class="akh-table"><thead><tr><th><strong>My child's teacher</strong></th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td>Name:</td></tr><tr><td>Phone:</td></tr></tbody></table> <h2>What equipment does my child need at school?</h2><p>Your child may attend school for a few hours, half a day or even a full day, so they need all the equipment they would use during that period of time. It is also important to have extra supplies on hand in case they are needed.</p><p>Your child's healthcare team will review with you the equipment that your child needs to bring to school every day. Below is a sample list of equipment, but note that your child may need other equipment, which would be added to this list.</p><h3>Equipment checklist for school</h3><ul><li> <a href="/Article?contentid=2937&language=English">Ventilator</a>, <a href="/Article?contentid=2942&language=English">circuit</a>, power source, inline <a href="/Article?contentid=2922&language=English">heat and moisture exchanger</a></li><li>Back-up battery for the ventilator in case of a power failure</li><li> <a href="/Article?contentid=2944&language=English">Manual resuscitation bag</a> (with face mask)</li><li> <a href="/Article?contentid=2917&language=English">Emergency tracheostomy kit</a></li><li> <a href="/Article?contentid=2962&language=English">Oximeter</a></li><li> <a href="/Article?contentid=2928&language=English">Suction machine</a>, suction tubing and suction adjuncts</li><li> <a href="/Article?contentid=2951&language=English">Medications</a></li><li> <a href="/Article?contentid=2958&language=English">Oxygen (if needed)</a></li><li> <a href="https://akhpub.aboutkidshealth.ca/article?contentid=2905&language=English">G tube supplies and feeds</a> (if needed)</li></ul><h2>How should I prepare for possible emergencies at school?</h2><p>Emergencies can happen anywhere, including at school. It is important to have a <a href="/Article?contentid=2956&language=English">plan in place at your child's school in case of an emergency​</a>.</p><ol><li>Make sure the school has the contact numbers for at least two family caregivers (including home, cell and work numbers for each caregiver, if applicable). Prioritize the numbers so the school knows who to call first in an emergency.</li><li>Be aware of the hospital emergency department that is closest to your child's school. This may or may not be the same as the one closest to your home.</li><li>Make sure your child always has all the medical equipment they need at school as well as any equipment they would need in an emergency. Your healthcare team will work with you to make a list of the equipment that your child needs at school.</li><li>Have a <a href="/Article?contentid=2957&language=English">plan if there is a power failure</a> at school.<br></li></ol><p></p> <a class="btn btn-primary" href="https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/trachvent">Return to trach-vent learning hub</a>Preparing your child for schoolTruehttps://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=2972&language=Englishhttps://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=2970&language=English

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