Rhode Island - Chronic Conditions—diabetes plan: Policy requirement

Area: 
Policy Or Plan Requirements
Policy Type: 
statute; regulation
Summary: 

State law addresses diabetes plan.

State of Rhode Island General Laws § 16-21-28.2. Requirements for glucagon administration in a school setting.

(a) The department of elementary and secondary education and the department of health shall incorporate into their policies, rules and regulations for addressing incidents of hypoglycemia resulting in unconsciousness, seizure and/or the inability to swallow in order to provide for the health and safety of children who have been medically identified as having diabetes. The policies, rules and regulations shall include procedures whereby:

  • (1) A parent or legal guardian of any child may expressly authorize school employees or those employed on behalf of the school, for when there is no school nurse immediately available, to administer glucagon on such child in case of an emergency, while at school or school-sponsored activities;
  • (2) The glucagon shall be kept in a conspicuous place, readily available; and
  • (3) Glucagon administration training may be provided by a licensed physician, physician assistant, advanced practiced registered nurse, or registered nurse, however in no case shall school nurse teachers be required to provide training; and the school administration shall allow staff to voluntarily assist with the emergency administration of glucagon when authorized by a parent or legal guardian.

Rules and Regulations for School Health Programs

Section 19.0 Diabetes Care Management

19.1 Each school district shall develop a policy or protocol that allows children who are diagnosed with diabetes to self-manage their disease whenever possible. Such policy or protocol shall be developed in collaboration with licensed health care providers, parents, students, school nurses and administrators, as appropriate.

19.2 Such policy or protocol shall require no less than the following:

  • 19.2.1 Developing an individualized health care plan (IHCP) and an emergency care plan (ECP/EHCP);
  • 19.2.2 Permitting self-testing in the classroom or other appropriate place(s) on the school campus or at school-sponsored activities, as designated in the IHCP;
  • 19.2.3 Permitting healthier snacks, as defined in these Regulations, in the classroom or other appropriate place(s) on the school campus or at school-sponsored activities, as designated in the IHCP;
  • 19.2.4 Permitting bathroom and water fountain privileges in the classroom or other appropriate place(s) on the school campus or at school-sponsored activities as designated in the IHCP,
  • 19.2.5 Ensuring the accompaniment of a symptomatic child to a health area by a designated adult, per the IHCP and the ECP/EHCP, unless such action puts the child at increased health risk.

[Inactive as of July 2018.]
Source: Rhode Island Secretary of State

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