Ritter to sign bill helping Colorado kids with allergies
DENVER, Colorado ” Gov. Bill Ritter plans to sign a bill Thursday aimed at helping students with allergies.
Under the measure (Senate Bill 226), state health and education departments have until Jan. 1 to come up with a statewide policy to work with those students. It needs to include a standard form for parents to let schools know about their child’s allergies as well as training so teachers and other staffers can respond to allergic reactions.
A federal study released last fall found that food allergies in American children seem to be on the rise with allergies now affecting about 3 million kids.
Experts say that might be because parents are more aware and quicker to have their kids checked out by a doctor.
The alert system has a database that tracks physical addresses and can send messages within a defined area.