What's your school's practice when kids come in with too-large crutches, old orthopedic boots, braces, etc. --no MD visit-- that the parents want them to wear at school because "he sprained his ankle and I already had it at home and I'm not taking him to the doctor because I know what it is."
Under a previous administration, I was supported in requiring an MD note (discharge instructions from ED or urgent care), or no use of the equipment at school. (We do provide supervised use of a wheelchair --and a strong recommendation to take the child to urgent care--if a child truly can not weight bear comfortably)
Current administration worries that I'm too tough, and that it leads to dissatisfied consumers. I've been asked in future to review the item--and the child's use of it-- for safety, and if it appears safe the child should be allowed to use it. I have no training in assistive devices and do not wish to assume this liability.
What is your practice and would another professional--perhaps OT--be better suited to this "safety review"?