1. When Do We Need a Nurse? Legal Obligations for Schools Regarding Nursing Services on Field Trips and During Extracurriculars

When Do We Need a Nurse? Legal Obligations for Schools Regarding Nursing Services on Field Trips and During Extracurriculars

When Do We Need a Nurse? Legal Obligations for Schools Regarding Nursing Services on Field Trips and During Extracurriculars
Event ID: 71445

Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): Erin D. Gilsbach, Esq., Steckel and Stopp
Price: $299.00 On-Demand includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
Who Should Attend? Administrators, technology supervisors, legal counsel, counselors, faculty, medical staff, student services
Best For: K-12


Parents demands for nurse accessibility in K-12 schools, and Section 504 requires that schools make necessary medical accommodations for students. And all of this is occurring at a time when schools are suffering from severe funding shortages. While schools would prefer to have readily-accessible nursing staff at all student events, razor-thin budgets and nursing availability often make this in impossibility. Many schools have considered downsizing extracurricular offerings and cancelling field trips out of concern for potential liability. But when is a school nurse legally required to be present during these events? This session analyzes the laws that may require schools to have nursing staff present and discusses practical solutions to nursing shortages.

Please join Erin D. Gilsbach, attorney at law, who is a frequent presenter at school nursing conferences and has advised many school nurses and schools on school nursing issues, as she takes a closer look at this tricky subject. Can/should schools use parents of students with disabilities in lieu of school nurses? Is self-administration of medication on school trips a viable alternative to having a nurse present? Are schools lawfully able to use volunteer nurses as chaperones on school trips in lieu of hiring nurses to attend? What laws apply to a decision regarding whether a school nurse is required? Atty. Gilsbach answers these and many more questions in this informative session, which provides important and much-needed information on this difficult subject. All school leaders, school nurses, educators, and school trip/extracurricular advisors/organizers need to have this essential information.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • Basic primer on state Nurse Practice Act issues, including non-delegation requirements and administration of medication;
  • Section 504 and ADA requirements for students with disabilities;
  • The intersection of the IDEA and Section 504 with regards to nursing services;
  • Student self-administration of medication issues;
  • Involvement of parents in lieu of appropriate nursing staff;
  • Using volunteer nurses as chaperones on trips;



Your conference leader for “When Do We Need a Nurse? Legal Obligations for Schools Regarding Nursing Services on Field Trips and During Extracurriculars in Schools” is Erin Gilsbach. An experienced speaker at the state and national levels on issues regarding education and education law, Erin Gilsbach is an attorney with the Pennsylvania-based law firm of Steckel and Stopp and the president of the PSBA Solicitors Association. She is dedicated to providing quality professional education in the area of school law to educators and school leaders. Throughout her career, she has provided legal representation and/or professional development to over 150 Pennsylvania schools. In her practice, Atty. Gilsbach emphasizes a proactive approach to legal defensibility for schools by providing engaging and high-quality professional development trainings for educators and school leaders in the area of school law. In addition, she helps schools create procedures, administrative regulations and board policies that are not only compliant with statutory and regulatory requirements but that also anticipate the best practices and common pitfalls found within the facts of applicable caselaw.

Erin has been voted a Rising Star Attorney by her peers in Super Lawyers and Philadelphia Magazine for the past five years, and she is a frequent presenter with the National Business Institute, the Education Law Association, the National School Boards Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, and at numerous conferences held at universities throughout the state. She began her career as a public high school English teacher. Prior to private practice, she served for over two years at the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Office of Chief Counsel.

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