State law addresses providing professional development to all school nurses.
Illinois Compiled Statutes 105-5-2-3.149 Food allergy guidelines
(a) Not later than July 1, 2010, the State Board of Education, in conjunction with the Department of Public Health, shall develop and make available to each school board guidelines for the management of students with life-threatening food allergies. The State Board of Education and the Department of Public Health shall establish an ad hoc committee to develop the guidelines. The committee shall include experts in the field of food allergens, representatives on behalf of students with food allergies, representatives from the several public school management organizations, which shall include school administrators, principals, and school board members, and representatives from 2 statewide professional teachers' organizations. The guidelines shall include, but need not be limited to, the following:
- (1) education and training for school personnel who interact with students with life-threatening food allergies, such as school and school district administrators, teachers, school advisors and counselors, school health personnel, and school nurses, on the management of students with life-threatening food allergies, including training related to the administration of medication with an auto-injector;
- (2) procedures for responding to life-threatening allergic reactions to food;
- (3) a process for the implementation of individualized health care and food allergy action plans for every student with a life-threatening food allergy; and
- (4) protocols to prevent exposure to food allergens. (b) Not later than January 1, 2011, each school board shall implement a policy based on the guidelines developed pursuant to subsection (a) of this Section for the management of students with life-threatening food allergies enrolled inthe schools under its jurisdiction. Nothing in this subsection (b) is intended to invalidate school district policies that were implemented before the development of guidelines pursuant to subsection (a) of this Section as long as such policies are consistent with the guidelines developed pursuant to subsection (a) of this Section.
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