Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
Chapter 71 of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out section 55A, as most recently amended by chapter 114 of the acts of 1983, and inserting in place thereof the following section:-
Section 55A. A child showing signs of ill health or of being infected with a disease dangerous to the public health as defined in accordance with section six of chapter one hundred and eleven shall be sent home immediately, or as soon as safe and proper conveyance can be found, or shall be referred to a school physician, who may direct that such child be sent home. In the case of schools remotely situated, such other steps may be taken as will best effectuate the purpose of this section and ensure the safety of such child and other pupils. The superintendent of schools or collaborative director of a collaborative as set forth in section four E of chapter forty, shall immediately cause the board of health to be notified of all children excluded under this section by reason of any disease dangerous to the public health.
No public school or collaborative teacher of such collaborative, principal, secretary to the principal, nurse or collaborative employee of such collaborative who, in good faith, renders emergency first aid or transportation to a student who has become injured or incapacitated in a public school building or such collaborative operated building or on the grounds thereof shall be liable in a suit for damages as a result of his acts or omissions either for such first aid or as a result of providing emergency transportation to a place of safety, nor shall he be liable to a hospital for its expenses if under such emergency conditions he causes the admission of such injured or incapacitated student, nor shall he be subject to any disciplinary action by the school committee, or collaborative board of such collaborative for such emergency first aid or transportation.