CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

To align with University directives and help prevent the spread of COVID-19, all in person activities, events and programs involving children should be conducted virtually and in alternative formats until further notice. These changes will remain in effect until otherwise directed by University of Michigan leadership and public health officials. Please check here periodically for resources and updates to support virtual experiences that align with the Children on Campus policy.

Planning and Preparations

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When children are entrusted to our care, their well-being is our primary concern and it’s important to understand your responsibilities and be prepared to address medical issues if they arise.

After you complete this lesson you will understand:

  • What to plan for
  • How to manage medications
  • How to prepare for medical emergencies
  • What to do during a medical emergency
  • How to report a medical incident
Medical Authorization to Treat Suggested for participants in U-M programs. Consider the following:

  • Program duration
  • Age of children
  • Nature of activities
  • Health of participant children
Medication Distribution Record Required if children need to take medication during the program
Over-the Counter Medical Authorization Required if program staff wish to make over-the-counter medications available
Self-Administration of Prescription Medication Required if program chooses to allow children to self-medicate

Before children arrive, consider the following questions

  • Is there medical verification confirming the ability of the child to safely participate
    in activities?
  • Not obtain medical information and authorization to treat forms
    • This information is not required for all programs or events. Consider the following when making a decision about whether or not they are necessary:
      • The duration of the program/event
      • The nature of the activities and associated risk of injury
      • Health of the children participating in the program/event
  • Are there procedures in place to ensure medical care is sought when needed?
  • Are the adults in charge fully aware of their responsibility to provide for care?
  • Is there an adequate number of adults available to provide custodial care until parents/guardians arrive?
  • What options are available for relocating contagious individuals?
  • What is the plan for transporting injured/ill children home?
  • How will distribution of medications be addressed?
    • Have written authorization and instructions been obtained?
    • How will the medication be stored?
    • Who will distribute the medications?