senate Bill S1501

2009-2010 Legislative Session

Authorizes boards of education or trustees of school districts to allow certain pupils diagnosed with respiratory illnesses to carry a prescribed inhaler

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S1501 - Bill Details

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S1501 - Bill Texts

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BILL NUMBER: S1501

TITLE OF BILL :

An act to amend the education law, in relation to the use of inhalers
and nebulizers


PURPOSE :

This bill would authorize boards of education or trustees of school
districts to allow certain pupils diagnosed with respiratory illnesses
to carry a prescribed inhaler and calls for the preparation of an
asthma action plan for each child authorized to use asthma medication.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :

Section 916 of the Education Law is amended to read that pupils
afflicted with potentially life-threatening respiratory illnesses,
other than asthma, are able to carry and use prescribed inhalers
during the school day.

The Education Law is further amended by adding a new section 919 that
calls for any pupil authorized to use any asthma medication shall also
have an asthma action plan prepared by a physician or any other health
care provider. Each asthma action plan will identity, at a minimum,
asthma triggers, the treatment plan, and other such elements as shall
be determined by the commissioner of education in consultation with
the commissioner of health.

JUSTIFICATION :

Asthma, and other serious respiratory illnesses, are afflicting an
ever increasing number of students. Currently students suffering from
asthma are able to carry inhalers, this legislation would extend that
relief to those students whose respiratory illness is not classified
as asthma but requires the use of inhalers as well.

In addition, by having asthma action plans pupils, and the staff at
their schools, will be able to better identify activities and
surroundings which may prove to seriously aggravate the child's
respiratory illness and how best to deal with any attacks that do
occur.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :

2001/02 - A.9907
2003/04 - A.4398-A
2005/06 - A.3596
2007/08 - S.8495/A.3824

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
120 days after it shall have become a law.
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