Per the Parent Bill of Rights, Florida Statute, Section 1014 , parents are required to give written consent for their minor child to receive health care services by school staff while at school. This opt-in consent form is titled “Parent Consent for Health Care Services” and has been placed in the Skyward Family Access for parents to complete digitally.
Parents are encouraged to complete this consent form electronically, however there could be instances where the parent is unable to complete the form electronically and a paper consent form can be used.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why are you asking for my consent now?
Due to the passage of Florida Statute Chapter 1014 (Parents’ Bill of Rights), Section 1014.06 prohibits health care practitioners (including School Nurses) from providing, soliciting, or arranging health care services without prior written consent from a parent.
If I sign the consent, what services are included?
Basic first aid, nursing evaluation, care and treatment for illness or injuries, meeting emergency health needs, health appraisal, referral of students for appropriate health treatment, and the provision of health care screenings in certain grades by Florida Statute 381.0056 (i.e., Vision, Hearing, Scoliosis, and Growth and Development).
What medical services ARE NOT covered under the requested consent?
If a parent signs the requested consent form, the following will not be performed without additional written consent from the parent:
- Invasive Screenings (defined in statute as any screening procedure in which the skin or any body orifice is penetrated)
- COVID-19 testing
- Blood draws
- Medication administration
- Mental Health Counseling
- Therapy (physical therapy, occupational therapy, etc.)
- Medical procedures ordered by a doctor
What if I don’t want to sign the consent, but I DO want my child to receive the health care screenings required in statute?
Notify your child’s school in writing, specifically stating which services you consent to and which you do not.
What if I do not sign the consent and a medical emergency occurs while my child is at school?
In the event of a life-threatening medical emergency, school nurses and First Responder school personnel will respond by providing emergency medical care and calling 911 to protect the student’s health and safety.School personnel will also contact the parents, or if unavailable, the student’s emergency contacts on file with the school.
If the illness or injury is not life threatening, parents will be called to pick the student up from school.
If my child takes medication at school, and I have signed this consent form, do I still need to send in the Lake County Schools Administration of Prescription Medication Consent Form?
Yes. If your child takes prescription or nonprescription medication at school, the appropriate form, signed by you and the doctor, is still required prior to the administration of the medication.
What happens if I don’t sign the consent and then my child gets sick or injured at school?
If the injury is life threatening, school nurses and First Responder school personnel will respond by providing emergency medical care and calling 911 to protect the student’s health and safety. School personnel will also contact the parents, or if unavailable, the student’s emergency contacts on file with the school. If the illness or injury is not life threatening, parents will be called to pick the student up from school.