New Legislation Updates for 2019
House Bill 4870 – School Code, Medical Cannabis
This legislation – introduced by Representative Lou Lang (D- Skokie) – requires a school district, public school, charter school, or nonpublic school to authorize a parent or guardian of a student who is a qualifying patient to administer a medical cannabis infused product to the student on school premises or a school bus if both the student (as a qualifying patient) and the parent or guardian (as a designated caregiver) have been issued registry identification cards under the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act. Also provides that a parent or guardian may not administer a medical cannabis infused product if the school administration determines it would create disruption to the school's educational environment or would cause exposure of the product to other students. Also provides that nothing in the provision requires a member of the school's staff to administer a medical cannabis infused product to a student. The bill passed both the House and Senate nearly unanimously and was signed into law by the Governor on August 1, 2018.
House Bill 4908 – School Code, Dental Exam
This legislation – introduced by Representative Anna Moeller (D-Elgin) – provides that all children in kindergarten and the second, sixth, and ninth grades (rather than all children in kindergarten and the second and sixth grades) of any public, private, or parochial school shall have a dental examination. The bill passed both the House and Senate nearly unanimously and was signed into law by the Governor on August 13, 2018.
Senate Bill 2350 – Law Enforcement Drill
This legislation – introduce by Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) – amends the School Safety Drill Act by sharpening the requirements of the annual law enforcement drill. The bill requires that, no later than 90 days after the first day of each school year, schools must conduct at least one law enforcement drill that addresses an active threat or an active shooter within a school building. Requires all law enforcement drills to be conducted on days and times when students are normally present in the school building (rather than allowing the drill to be conducted on days and times when students are not present in the school building) and stipulates that the appropriate local law enforcement agency shall observe the administration of the drill. The bill does allow administrators or school support personnel the discretion to exempt students from law enforcement drills. The bill passed both the House and Senate nearly unanimously and was signed into law by the Governor on August 20, 2018.
Senate Bill 3015 – Undesignated Asthma Medication
This legislation – introduced by Senator David Koehler (D-Peoria) – provides that a school nurse or trained personnel may administer undesignated asthma medication to any person whom the school nurse or trained personnel in good faith believes to be experiencing respiratory distress (i) while in school, (ii) while at a school-sponsored activity, (iii) while under the supervision of school personnel, or (iv) before or after normal school activities. Provides that a school district, public school, charter school, or nonpublic school may maintain a supply of asthma medication in any secure location that is accessible before, during, or after school where a person is most at risk. CCI monitored this legislation. The bill passed both the House and Senate nearly unanimously and was signed into law by the Governor on August 3, 2018.
412.01 Local Health and Wellness Policy
Each school shall formulate and promulgate a local policy that conveys the school’s commitment to the health and wellness of its students, and outlines procedural and instructional procedures. This policy shall promote good student health throughout the school. References should be made to appropriate community resources when possible.
*Each school is to complete and update the Wellness Checklist each year. Form can be found under Adminstrative Services at top of page . Click School administrators, then Forms & Publications.
414.03 Administration of Prescriptions and Regular Medical Treatment
Schools may administer prescriptions to students, as well as regular medical treatment for health conditions, at the discretion of the Principal. Parents/Guardians shall provide documentation from a licensed medical practitioner on the type, dosage, and frequency of the prescription or treatment. It is recommended that all prescriptions be kept in a secured, central area of the school (rather than retained by the individual student or their teacher). The Principal shall ensure that appropriate, approved school personnel are properly trained in administering the prescription or medical treatment.
Parents/Guardians shall notify the school in writing of any diagnosed allergies. For serious allergies, the Principal (or designee) shall meet with the Parent/Guardian to develop a written set of procedures, as well as an Allergy Emergency Action Plan, to ensure a safe environment for the child. School personnel may administer epinephrine auto-injectors (“epipens”) with the approval of the parent/guardian, and with proper authorization from the Principal and training.
414.06 Particular Medical Conditions
The OCS has enacted requirements for schools that serve students with particular medical conditions. Schools shall comply with laws applicable to Catholic schools. Such as OCS Asthma Procedures and OCS Diabetes Procedures.