Educating Schools About Lyme & Tick Borne Diseases
The national non-profit Lyme Disease Association initiated a number of projects and special tools (books, programs, brochures, DVD's, tapes, etc) to assist in educating schools about Lyme and tick borne diseases. They also initiated and supported laws regarding access to services for Lyme children and developed educational in-service programs. Please visit the LDA website for more information.
New Jersey Laws, Policies and Regulations
1992 Public Education Law
The Lyme Disease Association of New Jersey, now LDA, was successful in having the following laws adopted in New Jersey.
P.L. 18A 35-5.1 (1992)
The Commissioner of Education, in consultation with the Commissioner of Health, shall develop curriculum guidelines for the teaching of information on the prevention of Lyme disease within the public school health curriculum. The guidelines shall emphasize disease prevention and sensitivity for victims of the disease. The Commissioner of Education shall periodically review and update the guidelines to insure that the curriculum reflects the most current information available.
P.L. 18A 35-5.3 (1992)
The Commissioner of Education, in consultation with the Commissioner of Health, shall also provide curriculum guides for the training of all teachers who instruct students with Lyme which emphasizes the special needs and problems of students with the disease, in order to provide information about how best to teach those students. Each school district shall annually provide training to all teachers who instruct students with Lyme disease, based upon the guidelines.