Ticks and Tick-borne Disease

NYS Education Department

Amendment to Education Law Section 1. Section 305 added a new subdivision 55  in relation to an education and awareness program on tick identification and protection. (June 3, 2015)

Section 1. Section 305 of the education law is amended by adding a new subdivision 55 to read as follows:
55.
THE COMMISSIONER, IN COLLABORATION WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF HEALTH
AND THE COMMISSIONER OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION SHALL DEVELOP
INSTRUCTIONAL TOOLS AND MATERIALS FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND LIBRARIES TO
ASSIST IN THE EDUCATION AND AWARENESS PROGRAM TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM
LYME DISEASE AND TICK-BORNE INFECTIONS. RESOURCES AND MATERIALS SHALL BE
AGE-APPROPRIATE FOR SCHOOL-AGE STUDENTS AND PROVIDE INFORMATION ON THE
IDENTIFICATION OF TICKS, RECOMMENDED PROCEDURES FOR SAFE TICK REMOVAL
AND BEST PRACTICES TO PROVIDE PROTECTION FROM TICKS. SUCH MATERIALS MAY
INCLUDE BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO VIDEO PRODUCTIONS, PAMPHLETS, AND DEMON-
STRATION PROGRAMS TO ILLUSTRATE THE VARIOUS SIZES OF TICKS BEFORE AND
AFTER IT HAS ENGORGED TO ASSIST WITH THE IDENTIFICATION OF A TICK AND
THE REACTION ON THE SKIN THAT MAY OCCUR AS A RESULT OF A TICK BITE.
MATERIALS AND INSTRUCTIONAL TOOLS TO ADVANCE AND PROMOTE EDUCATION
AWARENESS ON TICK IDENTIFICATION AND PROTECTION SHALL BE MADE AVAILABLE
TO SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND LIBRARIES UPON REQUEST AT NO CHARGE.
S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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