In the state of New Jersey, the Lyme Disease Association (LDA) successfully passed P.L. 18A 35-5.1 & P.L. 18A 35-5.3 in 1992.
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.
State Laws/Policies/Reg – Prior to 2008 – Lyme Disease Association, Inc
I was first diagnosed with Lyme disease while in elementary school. After being absent for almost two weeks, I came back on crutches after waking up with a swollen knee- which is how I found out I had Lyme disease.