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Section 2500-H*2 Anaphylactic policy for school districts and child care providers

Public Health (PBH)

Anaphylactic policy for school districts and child care providers. 1. (a) The commissioner, in consultation with the commissioner of education, shall establish an anaphylactic policy for school districts setting forth guidelines and procedures to be followed for both the prevention of anaphylaxis and during a medical emergency resulting from anaphylaxis. Such policy shall be developed after consultation with representatives of pediatric physicians, school nurses and other health care providers with expertise in treating children with anaphylaxis, parents of children with life threatening allergies, school administrators, teachers, school food service directors and appropriate not-for-profit corporations representing allergic individuals at risk for anaphylaxis.

  (b) The commissioner, in consultation with the commissioner of children and family services, shall establish an anaphylactic policy for child day care providers as defined in section three hundred ninety of the social services law setting forth guidelines and procedures to be followed for both the prevention of anaphylaxis and during a medical emergency resulting from anaphylaxis. Such policy shall be developed after consultation with representatives of pediatric physicians and other health care providers with expertise in treating children with anaphylaxis, parents of children with life threatening allergies, child day care administrators and personnel, and appropriate not-for-profit corporations representing allergic individuals at risk for anaphylaxis. The commissioner, in consultation with the commissioner of children and family services, shall create informational materials detailing such anaphylactic polices to be distributed to child day care centers.

  (c) In establishing policies pursuant to this subdivision, such commissioners shall consider existing requirements, as well as current and best practices for schools and child day care providers on allergies and anaphylaxis, including those in place for child care centers regulated by the New York city department of health and mental hygiene. Such commissioners shall also consider the voluntary guidelines for managing food allergies in schools and early care and education programs issued by the United States department of health and human services, to the extent appropriate for the setting.

  (d) The commissioner shall create informational materials detailing such anaphylactic policies to be distributed to local school boards of education, charter schools, boards of cooperative educational services, and child day care centers, and shall make the materials available on the department's website.

  2. The anaphylactic policies established under subdivision one of this section shall include the following:

  (a) a procedure and treatment plan, including emergency protocols and responsibilities for school nurses and other appropriate school and child day care personnel, for responding to anaphylaxis;

  (b) a training course for appropriate school and child day care personnel for preventing and responding to anaphylaxis. The commissioner shall, in consultation with the commissioner of children and family services and the commissioner of education, consider existing training programs for responding to anaphylaxis in order to avoid duplicative training requirements. Such pre-existing program shall fulfill the requirement for a training course pursuant to this subdivision if the standards of such pre-existing program are deemed by the commissioner to be at least as stringent as the standards promulgated by the commissioner in the development of the training course by the state;

  (c) a procedure and appropriate guidelines for the development of an individualized emergency health care plan for children with a food or other allergy which could result in anaphylaxis;

  (d) a communication plan for intake and dissemination of information provided by the state regarding children with a food or other allergy which could result in anaphylaxis, including a discussion of methods, treatments and therapies to reduce the risk of allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis;

  (e) strategies for the reduction of the risk of exposure to anaphylactic causative agents, including food and other allergens; and

  (f) a communication plan for discussion with children that have developed adequate verbal communication and comprehension skills and with the parents or guardians of all children about foods that are safe and unsafe and about strategies to avoid exposure to unsafe food.

  ** 3. On or before June thirtieth, two thousand eight, an anaphylactic policy shall be jointly forwarded by the commissioner and the commissioner of education to each local school board of education, charter school, and board of cooperative educational services in the state. Each such board and charter school shall consider and take action in response to such anaphylactic policy.

  ** NB Effective until September 12, 2020

  ** 3. At least once per calendar year, schools shall send a notification to the parents and/or guardians of all children under the care of such schools to make them aware of such anaphylactic policies, as developed by the commissioner. For children under the care of the child day care providers, such notification shall be provided by the child day care provider when the child is enrolled and annually thereafter. Such notifications shall include contact information for parents and guardians to engage further with the school or child day care provider to learn more about individualized aspects of such policies.

  ** NB Effective September 12, 2020

  4. Within six months of the effective date of the chapter of the laws of two thousand nineteen which amended this section, the anaphylactic policies established under this section shall be jointly forwarded by the commissioner as well as the commissioner of education or the commissioner of children and family services as appropriate to each local school board of education, charter school, board of cooperative educational services and child day care service provider, as defined in section three hundred ninety of the social services law, in the state. Each such entity shall implement or update as appropriate their anaphylactic policy in accordance with those developed by the state within six months of receiving the anaphylactic policies.

  5. The anaphylactic policies established by this section shall be updated at least once every three years, or more frequently if the commissioner determines it to be necessary or desirable for the protection of children with a food allergy or other allergy which could result in anaphylaxis.

  * NB There are 2 § 2500-h's