School Employees May Give Insulin Shots to Children With Type 1 Diabetes, California Courts Rules


The California Supreme Court ruled that public school employees may administer insulin shots to diabetic students. 

The court found that California law permits trained but unlicensed school employees to administer the shots when a school nurse is unavailable, which is increasingly common in public schools across the state.

The decision settles a legal battle between the parents of diabetic students, backed by the ADA, and the California Nurses Association, which maintains only licensed nurses should be allowed to handle the task in public schools. 

The decision reversed an appeals court ruling that found state law does not permit unlicensed school personnel, such as teachers or administrators, to give insulin shots to diabetic public school students.

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