2nd Session, 60th General Assembly
57 Elizabeth II, 2008
First Reading: November 4, 2008
This Bill requires the Minister of Education to establish and monitor the implementation of a life-threatening illness policy in schools.
1 This Act may be cited as the Life-threatening Illness Student Support Act.
2 Chapter 1 of the Acts of 1995-96, the Education Act, is amended by adding immediately after Section 141 the following Sections:
(f) a requirement that every school principal maintain a file for each student with a life-threatening illness of current treatment and other information, including a copy of any prescriptions and instructions from the student's physician or nurse and an emergency contact list.
(a) details informing employees and others who are in direct contact with the student on a regular basis of the type of life-threatening illness, type of medical care and monitoring required, and treatment guidelines;
(4) Employees may be pre-authorized to administrate medication or supervise a student while the student takes medication in response to a life-threatening illness, if the school has up-to-date maintenance and treatment information and the consent of the parent, guardian or student, as applicable.
141B (1) It is the obligation of a student's parent or guardian and the student to ensure that the information in the student's file is kept up-to-date with the treatment method and emergency-care routine the student requires.
(2) Where an employee has reason to believe that a student is experiencing a life-threatening illness reaction, the employee may administer glucagon, an epinephrine auto-injector or other medication prescribed to the student for the treatment of a life-threatening reaction such as a severe hypoglycemic reaction, anaphylactic shock or epileptic seizure, even if there is no pre-authorization to do so under subsection 141A(4).
141C No action for damages lies respecting any act done in good faith or for neglect or default in good faith in response to a life-threatening illness reaction in accordance with this Act, unless the damages are the result of gross negligence.