2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                    January 14, 2019
          SEWARD, TEDISCO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to
          be committed to the Committee on Education
        AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to rules and  regulations
          concerning removal of ticks from pupils
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Section 305 of the education law is amended by adding a new
     2  subdivision 60 to read as follows:
     3    60. The commissioner, in conjunction with the commissioner of  health,
     4  shall  promulgate  and review as necessary rules and regulations related
     5  to pupils who have a tick removed from them while receiving  instruction
     6  or  engaging  in  any  school  sponsored or related activity. Such regu-
     7  lations shall include but not be limited to:
     8    (a) Tick removal guidelines  for  school  nurses,  school  physicians,
     9  teachers  or  employees  of  a  school  district  to be developed by the
    10  commissioner of health.
    11    (b) Procedures for written notification to a parent or guardian  after
    12  a  tick  has  been    removed  from  a pupil. Written notification shall
    13  include, but not be limited to, the inclusion of informational materials
    14  developed by the commissioner of  health  about  the    spread  of  Lyme
    15  disease and tick-borne disease, signs and symptoms of Lyme or tick-borne
    16  diseases, and recommendations for how and when to seek medical treatment
    17  if needed.
    18    (c)  The  development  of informational materials for school districts
    19  and parents to be  provided on the websites of the  department  and  the
    20  department of health.
    21    The  rules  and  regulations  established pursuant to this subdivision
    22  shall be deemed to be the minimum standards that must be  complied  with
    23  by every public school relating to the removal  of ticks on pupils. Such
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  rules  and  regulations  may also be implemented by nonpublic schools if
     2  they so authorize.
     3    § 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
     4  it shall have become a law.