Bill Text: AZ SB1158 | 2021 | Fifty-fifth Legislature 1st Regular | Introduced


Bill Title: Schools; seizure management; treatment plans

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 3-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2021-01-19 - Senate read second time [SB1158 Detail]

Download: Arizona-2021-SB1158-Introduced.html

 

 

 

REFERENCE TITLE: schools; seizure management; treatment plans

 

 

 

 

State of Arizona

Senate

Fifty-fifth Legislature

First Regular Session

2021

 

 

 

SB 1158

 

Introduced by

Senator Kerr: Representatives Dunn, Osborne

 

 

AN ACT

 

amending title 15, chapter 1, article 5, Arizona Revised Statutes, by adding section 15-160.01; relating to school safety requirements.

 

 

(TEXT OF BILL BEGINS ON NEXT PAGE)

 


Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:

Section 1.  Title 15, chapter 1, article 5, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended by adding section 15-160.01, to read:

START_STATUTE15-160.01.  Seizure management and treatment plans; requirements; immunity; online instruction; rules

A.  Beginning in the 2021-2022 school year, the parent or guardian of a student who has a seizure disorder and who is enrolled in a school that is operated by a school district or a charter school in this state may submit to the school district or charter school in which the student is enrolled a copy of a seizure management and treatment plan for school personnel to use if the student suffers a seizure at school or while participating in a school‑sponsored activity.  The plan must be developed by the student's parent or guardian and the physician responsible for the student's seizure treatment.  The plan must be submitted to and reviewed by the school district or charter school:

1.  Before or at the beginning of the school year.

2.  If the student enrolls in the school district or charter school after the beginning of the school year, when the student enrolls.

3.  As soon as practicable following a diagnosis of the student's seizure disorder.

B.  A seizure management and treatment plan must meet all of the following requirements:

1.  Outline procedures recommended by the physician responsible for the student's seizure treatment to manage an active seizure if the student suffers a seizure at school or while participating in a school-sponsored activity.

2.  Outline other health care services available at the school that the student may receive to help to manage the student's seizure disorder at school or while participating in a school-sponsored activity.

3.  Be signed by the student's parent or guardian and the physician responsible for the student's seizure treatment.

C.  A school nurse shall review each seizure management and treatment plan. If a school nurse is not available, the school district or charter school shall designate an employee who is responsible for reviewing seizure management and treatment plans.

D.  School districts, charter schools, employees of school districts or charter schools and nurses who are under contract with a school district or charter school are immune from civil liability with respect to all decisions made and actions taken that are based on good faith implementation of a seizure management and treatment plan submitted pursuant to this section, including an action or failure to act in administering a medication, assisting with self-administration or otherwise providing for the care of a student under a seizure management and treatment plan submitted for the student under this section, except in cases of gross negligence, wilful misconduct or intentional wrongdoing.

E.  A school nurse who is employed by or under contract with a school district or charter school shall complete an online course of instruction for school nurses regarding managing students with seizure disorders.  The course must be approved by the state board of education and include information about seizure recognition and related first aid.

F.  A school district or charter school employee, other than a school nurse, whose duties at the school include regular contact with students shall complete an online course of instruction for school personnel regarding awareness of students with seizure disorders.  The course must be approved by the state board of education and include information about seizure recognition and related first aid.

G.  A school district or charter school complies with this section if a student requires an educational accommodation under section 504 of the rehabilitation act of 1973 (P.L. 93112; 87 Stat. 355; 29 United States Code section 794) and the student's accommodation plan includes a seizure management and treatment plan.

H.  Not later than December 1, 2021, the state board of education shall approve an online course of instruction that is provided free of charge by a nonprofit national foundation and that supports the welfare of individuals with epilepsy and seizure disorders to satisfy the training required by subsections E and F of this section.

I.  The state board of education shall adopt rules as necessary to administer this section. END_STATUTE

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