Fairfield reps hail house passage of taskforce on food allergies in school

State Representatives Brenda Kupchick (R-Fairfield) and Cristin McCarthy Vahey (D-Fairfield) are pleased to announce a bill they introduced to establish a state task force to study life-threatening food allergies in school has passed the House of Representatives.

The legislation, HB 6975 An Act Establishing a Task Force to Study Life-Threatening Food Allergies in School, would create a task force with the mission of disseminating best practices on food allergies and strengthening food allergy policy for all school districts.

The CT Department of Education has guidelines for districts in the development of district-wide management plans for students with life-threatening allergies and glycogen storage disease; however implementation of food allergy policy varies by district.

“My goal with this legislation is to bridge the emotional divide between parents of children with life threatening food allergies and school administrators, staff and parents of students without allergies and find a one consistent policy that address everyone’s concerns,” said Rep. Brenda Kupchick (R-Fairfield), who has worked on this issue since her years serving on the Fairfield Board of Education.

Kupchick thanked Fairfield residents Patricia Donovan and Jessica Curran for their efforts to work with Fairfield’s policy committee on this issue and who testified in support of the task force.

“The implementation of food allergies policies has been a challenging subject in Fairfield and in many other communities in our state. Creating this task force is an important step towards providing best practices to our local boards of education. I look forward to seeing it pass in the Senate,” Rep. McCarthy Vahey said.

Rep. Laura Devlin (Fairfield & Trumbull) who also voted to support the bill said, “I happily support this task force on food allergies. We need to make sure the standards and training are universal so no child is treated as an outcast or feels isolated. I want thank the Fairfield parents for their advocacy on this proposal.”

The bill now heads to the Senate for approval.

State Representatives Cristin McCarthy Vahey (D-133), Laura Devlin (R-134), and Brenda Kupchick (R-132).

State Representatives Cristin McCarthy Vahey (D-133), Laura Devlin (R-134), and Brenda Kupchick (R-132).

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