NYS PTA Receives
National PTA Outstanding State Advocacy Award
NYS PTA is very proud to have been recently honored with the National PTA
Outstanding State Advocacy Award for its work to educate families, teachers
and communities about the Common Core Learning Standards.
NYS PTA is mentioned in an article entitled “National PTA Advocacy Awards
Winners” in the February/March 2014 edition of Our Children
. For general
questions and comments about National PTA and for subscription information,
March is a Time for Wellness Advocacy
Bills S4588 and A8285:
Establishes an emergency opioid overdose prevention pilot program whereby
police agencies and certain public high schools could administer Naloxone to
persons who have overdosed on an opioid.
Bills S4623 and A7003: Requires health insurance
companies to cover drug and alcohol
abuse and dependency treatment services.
Bills S6251 and A8345: Requires the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse
Services, in consultation with the NYS Education Department, to identify or
develop materials on problem gambling among school-aged youth.
Bill S597: Relates to regulations for indoor air quality in ice skating
rinks using ice resurfacing equipment.
Makes the restrictions relating to smoking in public areas applicable to
Bill A6393: Increases the purchasing age for tobacco and tobacco products
from 18 years of age to 19 years of age.
Bill S4863 and A7105: Increases the age to purchase tobacco products from 18
years old to 21 years old.
If you would like to receive updates or contact specific committees related
to wellness issues, here are the names of the chairpersons of the Senate and
Assembly committees. Remember, there is power in PTA.
NYS Senate Committees:
NYS Assembly Committees:
Assembly Democrats Pass Child Care and Family Leave Reforms
The Assembly passed a reform package last week they say will address the
state's "child care crisis" and provide paid family leave.
The series of bills was developed following a December 2013 report from the Assembly's
six-member Child Care Commission, which made recommendations for reforming
and investing in high-quality and accessible child care.
For more information, click
Due Process Complaint Form
The NYS Education Department has released additional information about the
Due Process Complaint form that is required under federal law.
School districts must provide information to parents about the availability of this
form. This information can be found
Changes to Special Education Impartial Hearings
NYSED has issued a new memo that will provide additional guidance
regarding changes to special education impartial hearings. The effective
date was February 1, 2014. This memo can be found
School Nurse-to-Student Ratio
Are there enough school nurses in your school? The National Association of
School Nurses recommends a ratio of 1:750 well students. Click
to learn more.
If the student population includes those with special needs, the 750 number should decrease. The New York State Association of School Nurses
reports in their position paper of the changing roles of the school nurse, as
well as the changes in the risks identified in the students. To read it,
Recently, we have been promoting healthy eating and physical activity. Your
school nurse is a part of that team. Very often the school nurse may be the
only medical provider a student sees during his/her school years.
As PTA members, we approved the Resolution below to ensure coverage of a school
nurse in your school buildings. It can be found in “Where We Stand” at
. Use your PTA voice to promote the resolution and proper
school nurse-to-student ratios.
SCHOOL NURSES – 2009 (R-’02, R-’95, R-’88);
1. Encourage its units and councils to assess with the staff and school boards of their districts the
risks of having inadequate health care for students. 2. Urge the State
Education Department to mandate a full-time registered nurse in every school