Children with asthma should be easily identified, for example on the class register.
Asthma education for staff members should be offered.
An asthma healthcare plan or flowchart should be completed for individual children with asthma.
A reliever inhaler and spacer for each child should be easily available for use in an emergency (not in a locked drawer or room!).
Legislation has been passed to allow your school to give a child with asthma a reliever inhaler if they have an acute asthma attack and the child has lost or forgotten their own inhaler. This will only be available if you have told the school that your child has asthma and uses a reliever inhaler. Check with your school about their asthma policy.
Medication should be taken along with the child if they are out of school on a vacation or trip.
Children with frequent school days lost due to their asthma should be identified and encouraged to contact their healthcare professional for advice.
Children should be encouraged to take part in exercise/activities and if necessary given their reliever inhaler (usually blue) beforehand.
Schools should aim to maintain a healthy indoor and outdoor environment.
Staff should know how to deal with a child having an acute wheezy episode and know when to seek urgent medical advice.