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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.

 Wellness Policy 
Schools of the Archdiocese of Chicago are committed to providing a learning environment that supports and promotes wellness, good nutrition, and an active lifestyle. It recognizes the positive relationship between good nutrition, physical activity and the capacity of students to develop and learn.


a). Schools of the Archdiocese shall comply with applicable federal, state, and local laws that are in place to ensure the wellness of students.

b). Schools of the Archdiocese shall comply with goals established by the Office of Catholic Schools to ensure nutrition education, physical activity, and other school-based activities that promote student wellness.

c.) Nutrition guidelines shall be followed in the school's food service program.

d.) Each school shall consult with its constituents in developing, reviewing and revising local school wellness policies and procedures.

e.) The local school administrator or designee shall document implementation of the wellness policy by completing the measurement instrument, Individual School Wellness Checklist, an electronic form provided by the Office of Catholic Schools for this purpose.

This form is published annually and located below by clicking on the blue link. The annual form is to be completed with consultation from school constituents, and a copy filed in the school,office no later then September 15 of the new school year.

*Each school that participates in the National School Lunch and/or Milk Program is to complete and update the Individual School Wellness Checklist each school year. An Individual School Wellness Plan is required by Federal Law if the school offers free/reduce breakfast/lunch or milk program funded by the federal government. This form must be updated and kept in a file at our school. Click link below:

Individual School Wellness Checklist

Helpful Resources that can be utilized for policy updates and annual reviews of the policy:

More resources at the bottom of page under Resources

 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.

 414.04 Allergies 

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


 Resources Minimize

American Lung Association Website:(Asthma)

Helpful information on how to care for a student with Asthma.


American College of Allegry, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI)

Asthma Home:

Asthma Symptoms:

Asthma Treatment:


 Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed: A Guide for School Personnel

 Tips for Teachers of Students with Diabetes

Some useful tips that can be implemented

Diabetes Care task at school: What Key Personnnel Need to know

The American Diabetes Association's Diabetes Care Tasks at School: What Key Personnel Need to Know is a 13-module training curriculum. Each module has a PowerPoint presentation and corresponding video segment.

 Care of Students with Diabetes Act

 Food and Nutruition Services:

Local School Wellness Policy

Local School Wellness Policy Toolkit

 Food Service Professional:

FSP serves as the role of the school food authority for the Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Chicago. FSP currently facilitates pre-plate food service to 131 Archdiocesan elementary schools.



 Upcoming Trainings Minimize

FY 19/20 Wellness & Health Trainings through ELN (Ed Leaders Network):

The online courses are offered through ELN (Ed Leaders Network). In order to take the different courses offered you will need to create an account. Once you have completed the course, print certificate and email a copy to Lateasha Ward at


Here is the online link:

Click: MyLearning tab at the top of the page

Next: Sign-in/Create Account

Here is a list of the Illinois Bi- Annual Mandated Training:

  • Anaphylactic Reactions Management & Food Allergies

  • Asthma Management for School Staff

  • Sports Concussions & Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Americans with Disabilities Act in the School Environment

Here is a list of Illinois Annual Mandated Training:

  • Bloodborne Pathogens

  • Chronic Health Conditions of Students

  • Care of Students with Diabetes 

Here is a list of Illinois Recommended Training:


  • Bullying & Harassment: Helping Students & Parents


CPR Training Classes offered at:

American Red Cross:

Community Support Services (CSS):








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For questions or comments regarding this page, please contact Lateasha Ward MPA, Wellness Program Coordinator, DSO 312-534-3880