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Member Alerts

Member Alerts provide guidance on regulations that affect our member districts.

AB 949 - Member Alert - Competitive Cheer
AB 949 - Member Alert - Competitive Cheer

The California Interscholastic Federation, in consultation with the State Department of Education has worked to develop guidelines, procedures and safety standards for the purpose of classifying competition cheer as an interscholastic sport.  



AB 1639 - Sudden Cardiac Arrest - May 2017

The Eric Paredes Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act, AB 1639, enacts several requirements for all K-12 California School Districts with students participating in athletic activities.  

Member Alert

AB 2246 - Suicide Prevention Policy - April 2017

Effective July 1, 2017, new Education Code section 215 requires local education agencies (LEAs) serving any of grades 7 to 12 to adopt a policy on pupil suicide prevention for those grades. 

SIA Member Alert

Automated External Defibrillators (AED) in Schools
Activity Supervisor Clearance Certificate (ASCC)

On July 1, 2010, new Education Code Section 49024 took effect. The new law required noncertificated volunteer or classified employees intending to “supervise, direct, or coach” a “pupil activity program” sponsored by or affiliated with a school district to first obtain an Activity Supervisor Clearance Certificate (“ASCC”). To obtain an ASCC, the applicant had to successfully complete a criminal background check performed by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and pay a processing fee.

Member Alert - CIF Guidelines for full contact football
Injection Update 2014 without appendix

In 2013, California Supreme Court upheld the right of school personnel without nursing licenses to administer medication pursuant to authorizing statute and regulations. The CDE has issued additional regulations. This provides updated guidance on several of the most common issues that can arise. 

Chiropractor Informational Review

Schools Insurance Authority has undertaken various initiatives to help protect the health and safety of 
student athletes. It has recently hosted CIF presentations regarding new statutory coaching requirements, recommended the adoption of a more comprehensive and standardized Sports Physical Form, and urged members to require that younger, middle school athletes be required to undergo sports physical because they are at least equally vulnerable to injury as their older counterparts. These initiatives have sparked questions from Members regarding the proper use of chiropractors in their sports programs. Members have asked whether chiropractors can serve as “team doctors” and execute sports physical forms. Members have also raised concerns regarding risk exposures when licensed physicians (MDs and Dos, or duly licensed, directed and supervised physician’s assistants and nurse practitioners) are not used in such roles. This Informational Review addresses these issues. 

Issues Associated with the New FMLA Regulations

On Friday, January 16, 2009, new Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) regulations go into effect. Articles and alerts have been published regarding the new regulations. However, many of these articles fail to address the interrelationship of the new regulations with the rights and obligations imposed by the California Family Rights Act (“CFRA”) or they fail to address the question of whether the new regulations are properly considered incorporated into the CFRA,1 creating questions or conflicts as to the applicable governing law. Until these issues are clarified, hopefully through further communication from California regulators, Members should carefully evaluate each leave request, reaching out for assistance or guidance with respect to questionable circumstances or leave requests, to best ensure that they are acting in accordance with the law.

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)

Governor Brown recently signed new legislation (SB 1436/H&S Code Section 1797.196) regarding Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). This advisory replaces and supplements SIA’s prior Member Advisories (2005/2007) and the previously recommended Board Policy addressing AEDs.