(SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE) The California Supreme Court ruled Monday that school employees other than nurses can administer insulin to diabetic children, a decision that diabetes advocacy groups said would make schools more accessible to the children and lift a burden from their parents.

The unanimous decision overturns a lower court ruling that said only licensed nurses could provide insulin on school campuses. It supports a previous agreement between diabetes advocacy groups and the state Department of Education that had allowed schools greater flexibility in determining who can give insulin shots.

The American Nurses Association criticized the decision, saying that allowing unlicensed school employees to deliver prescription medication could be unsafe for children and undermine the role nurses serve in public schools.

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