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HB 0879 - Elementary and secondary education; care of students with diabetes in school; provide

Tracking Level: Watch
Sponsor: Ramsey,Matt 72nd
Last Action: 4/16/2012 - House Date Signed by Governor
House Committee: H&HS
Senate Committee: H&HS
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Staff Analysis of the Legislation


            This bill would amend Part 3 of Article 16 of Chapter 2 of Title 20 of the O.C.G.A. to provide for the care of students with diabetes. It defines a “diabetes medical management plan” as a document developed by the student’s doctor that sets out the health services needed by the student at school and is signed by the parent/guardian. School personnel (not necessarily a health care professional) would have to be trained to implement the plan. A list of training guidelines required is included in the bill. The bill would require a minimum of 2 trained school employees at each school where a diabetic child attends. Bus drivers would also have to be trained in actions to take in diabetic emergencies. The functions of a school nurse or trained school personnel are listed, and at least one nurse or trained employee would have to be on site and available during regular school hours to provide for diabetic students.

            If authorized by the management plan and the parents/guardians, the student would be able to manage his own condition and carry the necessary supplies and equipment at all times to do so.

            No physician, nurse, school employee or LEA would carry liability if all guidelines are followed and he/she acted prudently.


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