Administrators and school staff play a central role in creating asthma friendly schools. The following implementation tips include activities appropriate for administrators to support asthma friendly schools.
Establish a process to identify students with asthma.
Identifying and supporting a student with asthma is a collaborative effort.
The Plan of Care is a form that helps empower and support students with prevalent medical conditions. This form requires participation from the school boards, school staff, educators, parents/guardians and students.
Easy access to asthma medication.
Worsening asthma can happen quickly and easy access to medication is important.
Establish a process for handling worsening asthma.
This policy should be aligned with PPM 161: Supporting Children and Students with Prevalent Medical Conditions (Anaphylaxis, Asthma, Diabetes, and/or Epilepsy) in Schools, a Ministry of Education policy on supporting and empowering students with prevalent medical conditions effective September 1, 2018.
This form contains the student’s photograph, emergency contacts, information about the student’s asthma triggers and reliever medication (including where it’s located) and how to recognize and respond to asthma symptoms and emergency situations.