This local law would require the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) to purchase, distribute and maintain a nebulizer in every New York City public school for use by students and in the event of an emergency. Further, this local law would require DOHMH to make available appropriate training to school nurses and public health advisors.
By Council Member Constantinides
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the provision of nebulizers in schools
Be it enacted by the Council as follows:
Section 1. Chapter 1 of title 17 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 17-199.7 to read as follows:
§ 17-199.7 Provision of nebulizers in schools. a. Definitions. For the purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:
Nebulizer. The term “nebulizer” means an electric device used to deliver medications for the respiratory system.
Nurse. The term “nurse” has the same meaning as such term is defined in section 17-187.
Public health advisor. The term “public health advisor” has the same meaning as such term is defined in section 17-187.
School. The term “school” means a school of the city school district of the city of New York.
b. The department shall make a nebulizer available at no cost to every school. The nebulizer shall be maintained in working order by the department and placed in a manner that ensures ready and appropriate access for use, including during emergencies.
c. The department, in consultation with the department of education, shall make appropriate training available for school nurses and public health advisors on the use and operation of a nebulizer.
d. Nothing in this section shall be construed to constrain existing or future department of education policy on the provision or use of nebulizers in schools.
e. The commissioner shall promulgate rules for the implementation of this section.
§ 2. This local law takes effect 120 days after it becomes law.
MMB (2017)/MMB (2017)
LS #11350/Int 1708-2017
NEW LS # 139
12/6/17; 3:04 p.m.