A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO REQUIRE THE DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF A SAFETY AND TRAINING PROGRAM FOR THE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF EXERTIONAL HEAT ILLNESS IN STUDENTS.
Directs the Department of Public Instruction(DPI) to develop a safety training and education program for the prevention and treatment of exertional heat illness (EHI) in students. Requires that DPI develop the EHI safety training and education program in consultation with the North Carolina Athletic Trainers' Association, the North Carolina Medical Society, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, the North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association, and the Korey Stringer Institute. Provides that the intended audience for the safety training and education program are school personnel, volunteers, and first responders who supervise, interact with, or provide services tostudents participating in athletic activities or extracurricular activities involving physical exertion. Also provides that the program is to be developed for use for students who participate in athletic and extracurricular activities involving physical exertion and their parents.
Specifies the minimum content that the program must include. Amends GS 115C-47(4) to direct local boards of education to require the implementation of the safety training and education program in their local school administrative units (LEAs). Requiresannual distribution to the intended audience, including parents and students, of an information sheet on EHI,and requires parents to sign and return to school employeesan acknowledgment form that the information has been received before their children can participate in activities involving physical exertion.Provides course of action to be takenif a student participating in an athletic or extracurricularactivity shows signs of EHI. Requires each school to develop a venue-specific emergency action plan to deal with serious illness and acute medical conditions in which the condition of a student may deteriorate rapidly. Specifies what the action plan must include. Requires each school to maintain complete and accurate records of its compliance with the provisions pertaining to EHI.
Amends GS 115C-238.29F(a) to direct DPI to ensure that charter schools receive the safety and training program toprevent and treat EHI. Amends GS 115C-548 (private church schools or schools of religious charter) and GS 115-556 (qualifiednonpublic schools) todirect the Division of Nonpublic Education, Department of Administration, to ensure that private church schools, or schools of religious charter, and qualified nonpublic schools receive the safety and training program toprevent and treat EHI.
Applies beginning with the 2014-15 school year.
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