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File No. 434

    February Session, 2016

Substitute Senate Bill No. 293

Senate, April 4, 2016

The Committee on Public Health reported through SEN. GERRATANA of the 6th Dist., Chairperson of the Committee on the part of the Senate, that the substitute bill ought to pass.

AN ACT CONCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS AND MEMBERSHIP OF THE SCHOOL NURSE ADVISORY COUNCIL.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Subsection (a) of section 10-212f of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2016):

(a) The Commissioner of Education shall establish a School Nurse Advisory Council consisting of the following members:

(1) One representative from each state-wide bargaining representative organization that represents school nurses;

(2) One representative of the Association of School Nurses of Connecticut; [who is employed in a private or parochial school;]

(3) One representative of the Connecticut Nurses Association;

(4) One representative of the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents;

(5) One representative of the Connecticut Federation of School Administrators;

(6) One representative of the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education;

(7) Two school district medical advisors, one of whom is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics;

(8) One representative of the Connecticut Association for Healthcare at Home who is a school nurse; [and]

(9) One representative of the Connecticut Association of Schools; and

[(9)] (10) The Commissioners of Education and Public Health, or the commissioners' designees who shall be ex-officio, nonvoting members and shall attend meetings of the advisory council.

Sec. 2. Section 10-212 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2016):

(a) Each local or regional board of education shall appoint one or more school nurses or nurse practitioners. Such school nurses and nurse practitioners appointed by such boards shall [be qualified pursuant to regulations] meet the educational requirements and other qualifications specified in regulations adopted in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 by the State Board of Education in consultation with the Department of Public Health. Such school nurses may also act as visiting nurses in the town, may visit the homes of pupils in the public schools and shall assist in executing the orders of the school medical advisor, if there is any in such town, and perform such other duties as are required by such board. In addition to meeting such educational requirements and other qualifications, each school nurse or nurse practitioner shall complete the school nurse orientation program offered by the Department of Education, the Association of School Nurses of Connecticut and any regional education service center established pursuant to section 10-66a not later than one year after his or her date of hire, provided such school nurse or nurse practitioner has not previously completed the school nurse orientation program.

(b) Each local or regional board of education shall annually complete the Department of Education's health services program information survey.

[(b)] (c) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes or any regulation of Connecticut state agencies, nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit the administering of medications by parents or guardians to their own children on school grounds.

[(c)] (d) School nurses and nurse practitioners appointed by or under contract with any local or regional board of education and any nurse provided to a nonpublic school under the provisions of section 10-217a shall submit to a criminal history records check in accordance with the provisions of section 29-17a.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

October 1, 2016

10-212f(a)

Sec. 2

October 1, 2016

10-212

PH

Joint Favorable Subst.

 

The following Fiscal Impact Statement and Bill Analysis are prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and do not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 17 $

FY 18 $

Connecticut Technical High School System

GF - Cost

Potential Minimal

Potential Minimal

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 17 $

FY 18 $

Various Local and Regional School Districts

STATE MANDATE - Cost

Potential Minimal

Potential Minimal

Explanation

The bill requires each school nurse or nurse practitioner to complete the school nurse orientation program offered by (1) the State Department of Education (SDE), (2) the Association of School Nurses of Connecticut, and (3) any regional education service center within one year of being hired, unless he or she previously completed the program. This could result in a cost to local and regional school districts or the Connecticut Technical High School System, which would be required to cover the cost of the class, which is estimated to be $160 per nurse. The impact to various local and regional school districts is anticipated to be minimal, as 90 nurses statewide took the training course in FY 15. The bill makes other procedural changes that are not anticipated to result in a fiscal impact.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to the cost of the class and the number of nurses attending.

OLR Bill Analysis

sSB 293

AN ACT CONCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS AND MEMBERSHIP OF THE SCHOOL NURSE ADVISORY COUNCIL.

SUMMARY:

This bill adds a representative of the Connecticut Association of Schools to the membership of the School Nurse Advisory Council. It also removes the requirement that the member representing the Association of School Nurses of Connecticut be employed in a private or parochial school.

Additionally, the bill requires each school nurse or nurse practitioner to complete the school nurse orientation program offered by (1) the State Department of Education (SDE), (2) the Association of School Nurses of Connecticut, and (3) any regional education service center within one year of being hired, unless he or she previously completed the program.

Finally, the bill requires school boards to annually complete SDE's health services program information survey.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2016

COMMITTEE ACTION

Public Health Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

27

Nay

0

(03/16/2016)

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