Session Law

Identifying Information:L. 2003 ch. 166
Other Identifying Information:2003 House Concurrent Resolution 5008
Tax Type:Other
Brief Description:A Concurrent Resolution urging the designation of school nurses as first responders.
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CHAPTER 166

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION No. 5008

A Concurrent Resolution urging the designation of school nurses as first responders.


WHEREAS, Subsequent to the terrorist attacks of September 11,

2001, anthrax was used as a bio-terrorist attack; and

WHEREAS, Children are more vulnerable to chemical agents than

adults because children breathe more times a minute than adults; and

WHEREAS, A release of a biological or chemical agent would affect

children first, they most likely will be the first to exhibit symptoms; and

WHEREAS, School children and teachers work in close proximity to

other people; and

WHEREAS, An outbreak among children could prove to be a launch-

ing ground for a wider epidemic; and

WHEREAS, School nurses are a critical link in our nation's health and

defense; and

WHEREAS, More than 47,000 nurses are in the nation's schools and

would be instrumental as the first health care provider responding to

affected children as well as alerting authorities so fewer health problems

or deaths occur: Now, therefore,

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the State of Kansas,

the Senate concurring therein: That we urge state and local officials to

designate school nurses as first responders to a biological or chemical

attack; and

Be it further resolved: That state and local representatives remove

any legal or regulatory barriers that would prevent a school nurse from

responding to a biological or chemical attack; and

Be it further resolved: That the Secretary of State is directed to send

an enrolled copy of this resolution to the state board of education, the

board of nursing and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Adopted by the House February 21, 2002.

Adopted by the Senate

March 26, 2002.


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Date Composed: 10/29/2003 Date Modified: 10/29/2003