School kids with food allergies can have their medication administered by someone other than a school nurse. As IPR’s Hannah Meisel reports, the governor signed a law Wednesday so that students won't have to wait for help.
Schools across Illinois increasingly don't have the funds to employ a full-time nurse. But under a 2011 law that allowed the use of epinephrine in schools for kids with food allergies, nurses were the only ones allowed to administer the drug, frequently given as a shot via EpiPen. Without a school nurse, kids are often sent to the emergency room, taking time and putting them at risk.