(CBS) — It’s serious allegation, made by health care professionals: Many schools in the Chicago area are not obeying one Illinois law, and that could be putting some students in jeopardy.READ MORE: Buffalo Grove Police Shot And Killed Man Who Fired Shots While Armed With 2 Guns
CBS 2’s Jim Williams explains.
One year ago, Doris Meaux and her husband learned their 10 year-old daughter Taccarra had diabetes.
“We cried. We cried for some days,” Doris says.
They especially worried about their daughter when she was at school. Most days the school nurse was there. But on other days there was not.
That was alarming – and against the law.READ MORE: SUV Driver Crashes Into South Chicago Currency Exchange During Attempted Robbery
Three years ago, the Illinois General Assembly passed legislation requiring schools to always have someone in the buildings trained to care for a child with diabetes.
Diabetes educator Marla Solomon and her team at the University of Illinois found schools throughout the Chicago area are not following the law.
“It’s not only Chicago public schools. It’s many schools. We’re working with the schools in the suburbs,” Solomon says.
The stakes are high. Doris says her daughter could go into a coma without treatment.
She her daughter’s school to have the lawful staffing. Today, officials say three people there can care for Taccarra and other children with diabetes.
“Diabetes is a 24 hour disease, and children are at schools most of those 24 hours if they’re not sleeping,” Solomon says.MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather: Mild Temperatures Linger Thursday
Officials at UIC say one mother of a child with diabetes worked for years to convince state legislators to pass the law.