Below is an excerpt from a memo on the topic of the dangers of alcohol hand sanitizers sent to educational staff within the State of New York..
THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234
SENIOR DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION – P-16
Office of Elementary, Middle, Secondary and Continuing Education
Office of Higher Education
To: District Superintendents
Superintendents of Schools
Administrators of Charter and Nonpublic Schools
From: Johanna Duncan-Poitier
Senior Deputy Commissioner of Education-P-16
Subject: Updated Information Regarding Alcohol-Based Sanitizers
We are writing to inform you of an emergency exemption to the requirements concerning administration of over-the-counter medication in school settings.
In April 2002, the State Education Department sent out a guidance memo titled “Administration of Medications in the School Setting.” This memo may be viewed at
This memo states that a written order from a duly licensed prescriber and written parental permission is required to administer nonprescription (over-the-counter) medication to students in the school setting. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are considered over-the-counter drugs by the United States Food and Drug Administration.
Which is exactly why we've attempted to raise the NY State Dept of Education's awareness re:solutions to their problem and the fact that hundreds of schools in the US, Canada and other countries are embracing non-alcohol hand sanitizer products....Whether Soapopular brand, Hy5, or others...
Blogs are influencers, but not deciders. And many deciders to be influenced, they often need more than just a few reminders. We defer to our parents, educators, infection control experts, health care professionals and concerned friends in New York to express your views on the topic and to contact :