Even if you don't live in PA, please consider copying and pasting the following e-mail addresses and letter into an e-mail and send it to our PA Reps. There is power in numbers and if all of us band together, no matter where we live, we can make all of our schools safer for those with food allergies.
Just copy, paste and put your name and address at the bottom of the letter. The vote is this Weds. June 24, so please do this today or tomorrow. Thank you.
JRoebuck@pahouse.net, email@example.com, LCurry@pahouse.net, JYudicha@pahouse.net, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, RGrucela@pahouse.net, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, MOBrien@pahouse.net, JPallone@pahouse.net, email@example.com, JWheatle@pahouse.net, RYoungbl@pahouse.net, Pclymer@pahousegop.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Dmetcalf@pahousegop.com, email@example.com, Boneill@pahousegop.com, Tquigley@pahousegop.com, Klrapp@pahousegop.com, MReese@pahousegop.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, WTallman@pahousegop.com
House Bill 1148 is a public health necessity. We have young students hiding their life-saving medications in backpacks because some schools require medications to be kept locked in the nurse's office. We have students exposed to potentially dangerous allergens because schools are reluctant to engage in dialogue with parents about food allergies. School buses and after-school activities are, at minimum challenging and sometimes not possible, for children with food allergies.
The incidence of food allergies has been growing exponentially in recent years and about seven percent of the student population is affected by food allergies. At present, many schools are managing these students on a case by case basis, and the results are mixed. As a result, families are forced to seek private or home schooling for their food allergic children to keep them safe.
Accommodations for food allergic students can be made easily and effectively in the classrooms and school communities. By law, all children are guaranteed an appropriate and free public education, and students with food allergies are legally entitled to appropriate protections. We just want to have the opportunity to talk with our schools about what is best for all children.
I am asking you to vote yes to HB 1148.
YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS HERE