Superintendent's Memo #139-10

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

June 18, 2010

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Mandated Staff Training

In order to maintain a safe environment for students and staff in Virginia public schools, certain staff training is mandated by Section 22.1-274E of the Code of Virginia:

Each school board shall ensure that, in school buildings with an instructional and administrative staff of ten or more, (i) at least two employees have current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation or have received training, within the last two years, in emergency first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation and (ii) if one or more students diagnosed as having diabetes attend such school, at least two employees have been trained in the administration of insulin and glucagon.”

Schools with less than ten instructional and administrative staff members are required to have at least one employee trained in these areas.

A Manual for Training Public School Employees in the Administration of Insulin and Glucagon may be found on the Virginia Department of Education, Health & Medical website at: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/health_medical/index.shtml. This manual is located under the publications section of the website. The manual can be used by a licensed professional school nurse (registered nurse) to provide training for school employees that have been designated by the building administrator to receive training in the administration of insulin and glucagon. This training should be conducted on an annual basis, and documentation of training should be kept by the school administration. If your school does not have a licensed professional school nurse, you may partner with a local endocrinology office or certified diabetic educator to provide the appropriate training.

If you have questions or need further assistance please contact Tia Campbell, school health specialist, at Tia.Campbell@doe.virginia.gov or at 804-786-8671.

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