Georgia Safe at School Victory
Governor Nathan Deal signed Georgia’s Safe at School legislation (HB 879) on April 16, 2012!
This legislation allows school employees to volunteer to be trained to help children with diabetes by administering both insulin and glucagon.
This bill also allows capable children to self-manage their diabetes while at school.
Sincere thanks go to all of our Georgia Diabetes Advocates who contacted their legislators in support of this critical legislation. Without your support, our children wouldn’t be safe at school.
Special thanks to Diabetes Advocates Elissa and Larry Holder and their daughter, Melissa; Courtney Dorsett and her son Cristian; our Georgia advocacy chair Pamela Wheatley and our Advocacy Subcommittee; and our Atlanta ADA staff including Michael Gault and Carole Helms.
Thanks also to to our dedicated sponsor, Representative Matt Ramsey. Representative Ramsey is the father of second-grader Anna Lynne, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes approximately a year ago. His tireless advocacy efforts in the state legislature on behalf of all of Georgia’s children with diabetes led to the passage and signing of this legislation. We are also appreciative of Senator Ronnie Chance for championing this bill in the Georgia Senate.
We appreciate the hard work of all involved and know that this work will lead to better school environments for students with diabetes. We know we can continue to count on your support as we work to ensure the law is implemented across our state.
Thank you again for all you do to Stop Diabetes®.