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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2007 4:04 pm 

Joined: Sat Oct 01, 2005 8:55 pm
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Location: Vancouver, BC
Yvonne Rousseau, who heads up the BC Yukon Region of AAIA, sent this along:

Bill to protect students

By Natasha Jones
Times Reporter
Apr 11 2007

A school trustee who sits on the district’s Health Promoting Schools committee has welcomed a private member’s bill which will require all schools to establish and maintain an anaphylactic policy to protect students with food allergies.

NDP education critic David Cubberley introduced the bill last week saying the proposed legislation “is another way to make our schools safer for our children.”

Noting that two to four per cent of children are at risk of life-threatening allergic reaction to some foods, Langley school Trustee Sonya Paterson called Cubberley’s proposal “a great starting point.”

Cubberley’s bill mandates an anaphylactic policy for schools, required them to establish risk reduction strategies, a communications plan and a mandatory, regular training program. It will require every school principal to maintain a file and an individual plan for each anaphylactic student.

Anaphylaxis is a serious and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction most commonly triggered by certain foods, such as peanuts, tree nuts, seafood, eggs and milk products.

After similar legislation was successfully adopted in Ontario in 2005, some parents in B.C. tried unsuccessfully to lobby then-Education Minister Tim Christensen follow suit.

The Allergy/Asthma Information Association is backing Cubberley’s bill, and says it will do all it can to help ensure that there is regular training in every B.C. school.


© Copyright 2007 Langley Times

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