SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 187
October 8, 1999
|FROM:||Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Manual for Training Public School Employees in the Administration of Insulin and Glucagon|
The 1999 General Assembly passed Senate Bill 889, which amended and reenacted the Code of Virginia to: * Ensure that in school buildings of 10 or more instructional and administrative employees there are at least two or more employees trained in administration of insulin and glucagon if there is a student with diabetes in attendance. * Allow any employee of a school board with authorization by a prescriber and appropriately trained to be exempt from liability when assisting with the administration of insulin or administering glucagon in an emergency. * Allow school board employees to refuse to obtain training in the administration of insulin and glucagon without fear of being disciplined, placed on probation, or dismissed, except for those employees employed for that purpose. * Task the Virginia Board of Nursing to develop and revise, as necessary, in coordination with the Boards of Medicine and Education guidelines for training school employees in the administration of insulin and glucagon. The Guidelines for Training of Public School Employees in the Administration of Insulin and Glucagon were developed and adopted by the Virginia Boards of Nursing, Medicine, and Education in July 1999. These guidelines should be followed in providing appropriate training to school employees who will be administrating insulin and glucagon to students diagnosed with diabetes. The Manual for Training of Public School Employees in the Administration of Insulin and Glucagon was developed by the Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Student Services to assist school divisions in implementing the guidelines. The manual is being mailed to school divisions under separate cover. Should you have any questions please contact Gwen Smith, student health services specialist at 804-786-8671 or e- mail firstname.lastname@example.org. PDS/gs Attachment: A hard copy of this memo and its attachment will be sent to the superintendent's office. .