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General Assembly

File No. 257

    February Session, 2018

Substitute House Bill No. 5452

House of Representatives, April 5, 2018

The Committee on Education reported through REP. FLEISCHMANN of the 18th Dist., Chairperson of the Committee on the part of the House, that the substitute bill ought to pass.

AN ACT CONCERNING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE TASK FORCE ON LIFE-THREATENING FOOD ALLERGIES IN SCHOOLS.

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

Section 1. Section 10-212c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2018):

(a) Not later than July 1, 2012, the Department of Education, in conjunction with the Department of Public Health, shall develop, [and make available to each local and regional board of education] and revise as necessary, guidelines for the management of students with life-threatening food allergies and glycogen storage disease. The Department of Education shall make the guidelines available to each local and regional board of education. The guidelines shall include, but need not be limited to: (1) Education and training for school personnel on the management of students with life-threatening food allergies and glycogen storage disease, including training related to the administration of medication with a cartridge injector pursuant to subsection (d) of section 10-212a, and the provision of food or dietary supplements, (2) procedures for responding to life-threatening allergic reactions to food, (3) a process for the development of individualized health care and food allergy action plans for every student with a life-threatening food allergy, (4) a process for the development of individualized health care and glycogen storage disease action plans for every student with glycogen storage disease and such plan shall include, but not be limited to, the provision of food or dietary supplements by the school nurse, or any school employee approved by the school nurse, to a student with glycogen storage disease provided such plan shall not prohibit a parent or guardian, or a person designated by such parent or guardian, to provide food or dietary supplements to a student with glycogen storage disease on school grounds during the school day, and (5) protocols to prevent exposure to food allergens.

(b) [Not later than August 15, 2012] (1) For the period of August 15, 2012, to September 30, 2019, inclusive, each local and regional board of education shall: [(1)] (A) Implement a plan based on the guidelines developed pursuant to subsection (a) of this section for the management of students with life-threatening food allergies and glycogen storage disease enrolled in the schools under its jurisdiction; [(2)] (B) make such plan available on such board's Internet web site or the Internet web site of each school under such board's jurisdiction, or if such Internet web [sites do] site does not exist, make such plan publicly available through other practicable means as determined by such board; and [(3)] (C) provide notice of such plan in conjunction with the annual written statement provided to parents and guardians as required by subsection (b) of section 10-231c. [The superintendent of schools for each school district shall annually attest to the Department of Education that such school district is implementing such plan in accordance with the provisions of this section.]

(2) On and after October 1, 2019, in addition to the requirements in subdivision (1) of this subsection, each local and regional board of education shall: (A) Require that all relevant course curriculum and any school culinary program, other than those offered at a technical high school, implement allergen restrictions and safety protocols to allow students with life-threatening food allergies to participate; and (B) include such plan in any programs relating to school climate or wellness adopted by such board.

(3) The superintendent of schools for each school district shall annually attest to the Department of Education that such school district is implementing such plan in accordance with the provisions of this section.

Sec. 2. (Effective from passage) Not later than July 1, 2019, the Department of Education shall (1) revise and update the Healthy and Balanced Living Curriculum Framework, issued by the department in 2006, to include life-threatening food allergies, (2) revise and update any culinary arts programs or curriculum standards related to the National Family and Consumer Sciences Standards adopted by the State Board of Education to include dietary restrictions, cross-contaminations and allergen identification, and (3) apply for any available federal or private funding, in consultation with the Department of Public Health, to promote public awareness and education about food allergies.

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

Section 1

July 1, 2018

10-212c

Sec. 2

from passage

New section

ED

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: None

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill makes several procedural and clarifying changes to local and regional boards of education and the State Department of Education (SDE), regarding life-threatening food allergies in schools. The changes are not anticipated to result in a fiscal impact as both SDE and local and regional boards of education have the expertise necessary to carry out the requirements.

The Out Years

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 5452

AN ACT CONCERNING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE TASK FORCE ON LIFE-THREATENING FOOD ALLERGIES IN SCHOOLS.

SUMMARY

This bill requires local and regional boards of education to do the following beginning October 1, 2019:

Additionally, the bill requires all public school district superintendents to annually attest to the State Department of Education (SDE) that their district is implementing this expanded management plan beginning October 1, 2019.

The bill also requires SDE to do the following by July 1, 2019:

Additionally, the bill requires SDE to revise as necessary existing guidelines on managing students with life-threatening food allergies and glycogen storage disease, which it developed in conjunction with DPH.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2018, except the provisions relating to SDE's curriculum revisions and funding applications ( 2) take effect upon passage.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Education Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

35

Nay

0

(03/23/2018)

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