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(Canada) Kitchener, ON: Teachers worried about liability with chronically ill students

Dec 7, 2017, Kitchener, ON, The Record: Schools not being compelled to stock life-saving medicines https://www.therecord.com/news-story/7986416-schools-not-being-compelled-to-stock-life-saving-medicines/ Teachers say they don't want to be blamed if an emergency goes wrong. It's why some teachers look to the government to compel intervention and absolve them of liability, their unions say. "When it comes to administering medicine in an emergency, even the best of intentions to assist can sometimes not result in a positive health outcome," Sam Hammond, president of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario, said in a statement. … She said teachers have become familiar with asthma and allergy medications, but other medications are different and "there is a sense of unease" about teachers being asked to administer more of them. … "We used to have school nurses. Maybe the time has come to make sure that we have access to those resources within our schools," Stuart said. Ontario has enacted two laws on emergency medication in schools. Both followed tragedies.