New Peanut Allergy Law in Rhode Island

Posted on: Wed, 07/11/2007 - 3:21am
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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.
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Posted on: Wed, 07/11/2007 - 7:40am
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Wow, this is great! It must be so reassuring not to have to worry as much about residues. Of course there still can be residues -- no false sense of security -- but this helps reduce them.

Posted on: Thu, 07/12/2007 - 9:05am
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WOW! This is fantastic!
I don't understand why this thead is not overflowing with posts!
Great news and good work!

Posted on: Thu, 07/12/2007 - 1:09pm
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This is great!! I live in Bristol and I know the schools 'thought' they had a good procedure with the peanut free table in the lunch room but this is what I 'think' is a great way to help protect our children from a reaction. Thanks for the update!

Posted on: Thu, 07/12/2007 - 11:14pm
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[url="http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText07/HouseText07/H5671Aaa.htm"]http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText07/HouseText07/H5671Aaa.htm[/url]

Posted on: Fri, 07/13/2007 - 4:49am
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How does one get this done?
I want this in my state. Any advice would be helpful. I'm thinking of just emailing the above link to my rep with a letter. Is there a better way to approach it?

Posted on: Tue, 07/17/2007 - 1:33am
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Wonderful!
Now we only need to get that passed in ALL the states!

Posted on: Tue, 07/17/2007 - 1:41am
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I'm so moving to Rhode Island! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Seriously, I have been fighting the battle with the school as to why they shouldn't serve PB on the menu in a building that houses early childhood-1st grade with a child who is severely allergic to peanuts. DUH! It should just be common sense.
Good for RI! I hope all will follow shortly!

Posted on: Tue, 07/17/2007 - 2:14am
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I'm a little concerned that there is no education aspect of life-threatening allergies this new law. Maybe an educational component already exists there?
My concern is for the other life threatening allergies in the schools and how this will not help them one iota. But educating about life threatening allergies would. . . .
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Posted on: Wed, 07/18/2007 - 10:53am
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Rhode Island has a law about education of allergies

Posted on: Wed, 08/22/2007 - 2:15am
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I spoke with someone at the State of Rhode Island Department of Education; She informed me that the Dept of Ed would be trying to amend this law during the next legislative session. I was told that parents with PA children are upset because their children are only mildly allergic. What is that all about? I was also told that the law should be based on a case by case basis

Posted on: Wed, 08/22/2007 - 2:52am
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Quote:Originally posted by Sarahb:
[b]How does one get this done?
I want this in my state. Any advice would be helpful. I'm thinking of just emailing the above link to my rep with a letter. Is there a better way to approach it? [/b]
Yes that is a good start. NJ had an advocacy group pushing this. You should also show them the state polciies in MA and CT. NJ just passed a new law and is coming out with Dept of Education policies this year.

Posted on: Wed, 08/22/2007 - 5:53am
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Quote:Originally posted by Sarahb:
[b]How does one get this done?
I want this in my state. Any advice would be helpful. I'm thinking of just emailing the above link to my rep with a letter. Is there a better way to approach it? [/b]
Find out who your state representative is. Contact them and give them a copy or link to what other states that you like. You can also give some statistics, like if you happen to know the number of PA kids in your school, or just that there are an estimated 1-2 percent (the number varies depending on where you read it, but that seems to be the right ballpark) of kids with peanut/nut allergies. State representatives tend to be much more receptive than US congressmen and senators, because they have fewer constituents and are dealing only with other lawmakers in your own state, instead of competing with those from other states to try to get their laws passed.
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Posted on: Wed, 08/22/2007 - 10:09am
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"You should also show them the state polciies in MA and CT."
Where do I find the policies for CT?

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