Archive for the ‘Legal’ Category

Feds urge city to change policy on Epi use

Posted by RoseBoccio on June 6th, 2010

From Omaha’s KETV-7:  The federal government said it believes the city of Omaha has relented on its policy that forbids city employees from giving life-saving medication to children in emergencies.  Parks and Recreation employees should now be allowed to administer epinephrine with auto injector devices, such as the EpiPen, according to the Department of the Interior. — Read more here.

* You can also check out the initial story – Feds Urge City To Change Policy On EpiPen Use  – from April 14, 2010.

Bill offers consistent guidelines for all schools

Posted by RoseBoccio on October 16th, 2009

From The Adirondack Daily Enterprise: …Guidelines on how to manage food allergies vary from school to school, with many lacking the money or expertise to come up with food allergy management plans. (U.S. Senator Charles) Schumer is pushing the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Act, which would establish voluntary national guidelines for schools, preschools and after-school programs to deal with food allergies, and $30 million total in grant funding schools could apply for to implement the plan. – Read more here.

Summer camp closes door to young FA nature-lover

Posted by RoseBoccio on April 8th, 2008

From The Daily News of Newburyport (MA): Alex Devlin is a nature fan, his mom said. He has a strong interest in science and nature. He’s a regular at the Joppa Flats Audubon Center in Newburyport. So last spring, when Alex, 6, and his family attended the Frog Night Ponding at Camp Kent, he heard about the camp’s Little Critters weeklong summer program and was eager to attend, Donna Devlin said…On his application form, his parents wrote that Alex has food allergies to peanuts and eggs. Shortly after they sent in the form and their fee, Devlin said they got a form letter back from town officials stating that Alex couldn’t attend the summer camp because counselors are not allowed to administer EpiPens — emergency shots that can prevent an allergic reaction from taking a life. – One of the many frustrating experiences of being the parent of a child with food allergies, this story points to a problem that has existed for many years. It also brings back some not-so-pleasant memories. While looking for a part-time preschool for our son more than a decade ago, we ran into quite a few unwilling organizations before we found a great program that welcomed our son and the opportunity to learn how to care for a child with a severe food allergy.

WA governor signs allergy legislation

Posted by RoseBoccio on April 5th, 2008

From the Mid Columbia Tri-City Herald (Kennewick, WA): Emma LaViolette didn’t watch Gov. Chris Gregoire sign the legislation her family lobbied hard for in the state Legislature.

Instead, the 5-year-old caught a screening of Horton Hears a Who!

But her mom and grandma were in Olympia for the ceremony, and they say the new law will help children like Emma, of West Richland, who has a life-threatening peanut allergy, stay safe at school.

Read more about the new legislation here.

New law offers hope for peanut-allergic students

Posted by SB Anderson on September 2nd, 2007

From New York’s WNYC.com: “Nurses in city schools had more than 5,000 visits from students with mild or severe reactions to food. Governor Spitzer signed a bill that offers hopes to improve how schools identify, accommodate and treat children with food allergies.” Read more here.

New law made to protect FA students

Posted by SB Anderson on August 18th, 2007

From Long Island, NY’s Newsday.com: “Gov. Eliot Spitzer signed a measure Thursday that will require the creation of state guidelines for managing life-threatening allergic reactions in schools. The state Commissioner of Health is required to develop model state standards for managing the risk of food allergies and anaphylaxis _ potentially deadly allergic reactions.” Read more here.

Bill would set FA policy in schools

Posted by SB Anderson on August 8th, 2007

From Michigan’s Livingston Daily: “Recently introduced legislation would create a statewide policy for school districts to protect students with life-threatening allergies to food, insect stings, latex or other substances. Howell Public Schools already has such a policy, but administrator Lynn Parrish believes a statewide uniform policy is a ‘great idea.’ ” Read more here.