New Peanut Allergy Law in Rhode Island
I am so excited! The law was effective on 07/07/07...
It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
1 SECTION 1. Chapter 16-21 of the General Laws entitled "Health and Safety of Pupils" is hereby amended by adding thereto the following section:
3 16-21-30. Notice of peanut/tree nut allergies -- Posting. -- (a) In any school subject to
4 the provisions of this chapter wherein a student with an allergy to peanuts/tree nuts and/or food derived from peanut/tree nuts products is in attendance, a notice shall be posted within that school building in a conspicuous place at every point of entry and within the cafeteria facility advising that there are students at said school with allergies to peanuts/tree nuts. The notice shall not identify the individual(s) with such allergy.
(b) In the event a student who is enrolled in a school is known to have an allergy to
peanuts/tree nuts and/or food derived from peanut/tree nut products, the school administration
shall prohibit the sale of peanuts/tree nuts, peanut butter and other peanut based products in the school cafeteria.
(c) This section shall apply to any building, modular classroom, or similar structure used
by a school district for instruction and education of elementary or middle school students.
(d) In the event a school district knows that an elementary or middle school student has a
peanut or tree nut allergy, the district shall:
(1) Designate a peanut/tree nut free table and peanut/tree nut table in the cafeteria; and
(2) Designate one classroom per grade to be peanut/tree nut free.