Talking Allergies

Update on Bill 232
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Author:  Nancy Boni [ Mon Sep 28, 2009 5:27 pm ]
Post subject:  Update on Bill 232

Below is a news release updating Bill 232 - The Public Schools Amendment Act (Anaphylaxis Policy) that was passed into law by our Manitoba Legislative Assembly on Oct 6, 2008.

news release

21 September 2009


As of November 1st, 2009, each Manitoba school division will be required to have a plan in place to protect students with known life threatening allergies. This is a result of an amendment to the Public School Act introduced last year by Southdale MLA Erin Selby.

“Clear policies will mean better protection for our children”, says Selby. “Parents across Manitoba will know their child is safe. Staff and teachers will be trained to recognize the signs of an anaphylactic reaction and will react immediately with appropriate care”.

The need for legislation was brought to Selby’s attention by two of her constituents who were concerned as their son, who has a life threatening allergy, was about to begin kindergarten. Selby and her colleagues, the Minister of Education and the Minister of Health, worked in consultation with the Manitoba Anaphylaxis Information Network to develop the legislation. Most school divisions have had an anaphylaxis policy since 2004; Selby’s amendment formalizes this practice in legislation.

“It’s a matter of educating the entire school community, not just teachers and staff. That education should include classmates and parents of children who don’t have allergies” affirmed Selby. “By increasing everyone’s knowledge of the potential risks to children with anaphylactic allergies we make our schools safer for everyone.”

Between five and eight per cent of Manitoba’s school aged children have life threatening allergies.

For more information please contact Erin Selby at 945-1190 (Legislature) or 253-3918 (Constituency Office).

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