By KQED News Staff and Wires
SACRAMENTO — Trained school employees can administer insulin shots to diabetic students if a nurse is not available, the California Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Monday.
The ruling reverses a lower court decision that said California law allows only licensed professionals to administer the shots.
The decision supports a 2007 agreement between the state Department of Education and the American Diabetes Association, which addressed a shortage of nurses to attend to all diabetic students by allowing trained teachers and administrators to give the shots.
That agreement settled a class-action lawsuit in federal court, alleging the state’s schools had failed to ensure diabetic students receive legally required health care services. Continue reading