Asthma Care Information
Students diagnosed with asthma should be under the care of a health care provider, and most will be managed with a prescription medication. Many students will have identified triggers and may need environmental modifications at school in order to avoid them. Some of these students will require an Individual Healthcare Plan (IHP). The school nurse will need to coordinate with the student’s family and health care team about the management of the child’s asthma at school. If your student will require asthma medication to be kept on hand at school throughout the school year, physician's orders/medication authorization form must be submitted to the school nurse. Please see the medication policy for more information regarding possession/self-administration of asthma medication.
Self -Administration Of Prescription Asthma Or Anaphylaxis Medicine By Students
“Self-administration of prescription asthma or anaphylaxis medicine” means a student's discretionary use of prescription asthma or anaphylaxis medicine. A student with asthma or anaphylaxis is entitled to possess and self-administer prescription asthma or anaphylaxis medicine while on school property or at a school-related event or activity if:
a) That the student has asthma or anaphylaxis and is capable of self-administering the medicineb) The name and purpose of the medicine;c) The prescribed dosage for the medicine;d) The times at which or circumstances under which the medicine may be administered; ande) The period for which the medicine is prescribed.
- Meet all requirements listed under Medications,
- The prescription medicine has been prescribed for that student as indicated by the prescription label on the medicine,
- Demonstrates to the student’s physician and the school nurse the skill level necessary to self –administer the prescription medication, including the use of any device required to administer same,
- Done in compliance with the prescription or written instructions from the prescribing physician and,
- Provide a written statement, signed by the student’s physician that states:
The physician’s statement must be kept on file in the school nurse’s office, or, if there is no school nurse, in the office of the principal of the school the student attends.