Challenging Issues Panel
September 20th, 2019
10:15 — 11:45
THE INTERSECTION OF LIFE-THREATENING ILLNESS AND SCHOOLS
Dr. Christina Vadeboncoeur, Roger Neilson House, Ottawa
- Emma Gofton
- Luzia Blaser, Caregiver, Mother of Four
- Derek Stoppels, Teacher, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
All Canadian children are entitled to an education. Children with unique physical and developmental needs attend school in different situations. Some are fully integrated into a “regular” classroom with or without attendant support, some attend “regular” classes for part of the day and some attend congregated specialized classes to meet their educational needs in a different way.
Children with life-threatening illness can be in a variety of places on their disease trajectory. Some children and their families have made decisions to allow natural death, and in Ontario, there is a Do Not Resuscitate Confirmation form which allows First Responders to NOT do CPR when called to a medical situation. Individual teachers, principals and school boards are being made aware of such decisions, but have varying responses to parental requests for the form to be respected in the school setting.
This Challenge Panel will look at this issue in the Ontario context to better outline the different perspectives of the family, the school location and the legal/legislative context.
- Evaluate the current context of Do Not Resuscitate Conformation forms within the school system in Ontario.
- Discuss how to integrate the wishes of parents for their children’s medical care within a school setting.
- Explore the different methods being used to convey to school boards and schools about the health decisions made for children with life-threatening illnesses.