New York State Center for School Health

Supporting Student Success Through Health and Education

State Education Department Proposes School Health Regulation Changes

Proposed amendments to school health regulations reduce burdens on school districts and implement recent statutory changes to provide emergency epinephrine auto-injectors, the State Education Department announced today. Additional amendments address numerous requests from parents, healthcare providers, schools and the Department of Health for technical amendments and updates to existing regulatory language to improve school health services for students. A 45-day public comment period on the proposed amendments begins Jan. 25.

“Epinephrine injections can save the lives of children and adults in schools across the state,” Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa said.  “These proposed regulations would ease the burden on school districts so they can safely use these medical devices in emergencies.”

“We’ve heard from healthcare providers and parents alike that our health regulations need updating – both to reduce regulatory burdens to providing emergency care in schools and to make technical changes,” State Education Department Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said.  “With these commonsense changes, we make it easier for children to receive emergency epinephrine shots when needed and align medical screening requirements with national recommendations.”

NYSED created a Power Point for the January Regents Meeting detailing the Proposed Amendments for School Health Services in Commissioner's Regulations 136.  You may view this Power Point by clicking here