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Schools Brief

May 06, 2010

Board endorses medical training bill

The La Cañada Unified school board on Tuesday adopted a resolution in support of state Senate Bill 1051 which authorizes emergency medical training for district employees that would enable them to assist an epileptic student suffering from a seizure.

The bill, written by Sen. Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) is designed to prepare staff, such as health clerks, to intervene in a medical emergency only in the absence of a credentialed nurse. A school employee who does not volunteer for the training is not required to provide assistance.

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SB 1051 requires that parents or guardians must supply all materials needed to administer diastat, and that trained employees cannot be liable for injuries resulting from the administration of diastat.

School nursing positions have been among the most vulnerable amid the state’s ongoing budget crisis. La Cañada Unified employs one districtwide nurse, although health clerks are at each school site.

SB 1051 is being reviewed by the Senate Committee on Health.


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