Rushen Primary School

Learning and Growing

Asthma Policy

In accordance with the School Health Department, the school maintains a register of all pupils diagnosed with asthma. Copies of this list are kept in the school office

Aims

• to encourage and help participate fully in all aspects of school life;
• to recognise that asthma can be a serious condition affecting many school children;
• to provide pupils with immediate access to inhalers;
• to strive to ensure that the school environment is favourable to children with asthma;
• to help other children understand asthma, so they can support their friends;
• to have a clear understanding of what to do in the event of a child having an asthma attack.

Storage

Parents of asthmatic children should provide the school with a completed asthma card, giving details of medication. The record is kept in the school office and details are placed on the child’s school files. (Both paper and electronic (Arbor) copies)

Parents should ensure that the children have two relievers/ inhalers, one to be kept in school and one to use on the journey to and from school.

As soon as a child is able, they should be encouraged to keep their reliever inhaler with them at all times.

All inhalers are accessible at all times within school. One inhaler for each child is kept in a marked container within each classroom. The inhalers are labelled and all staff members know where they can gain immediate access to them. Children may keep their second inhaler in their school bag, reading wallet or in a coat pocket for travel to and from school.

The bag of inhalers is taken on all visits and outings. In KS2 they remain the responsibility of the pupil. Designated adults will be responsible for the pupils’ inhalers in FS and KS1.

P.E. and Games

All children with asthma related problems are known by the staff and new staff are introduced to them in order to make sure arrangements are made for keeping the inhalers readily accessible.

Children who have exercise induced asthma and do not have their inhalers will not be allowed to take part in P.E. Games or Swimming.

Children with exercise induced asthma must have the opportunity to use their inhaler before they start exercise.

All children with asthma related problems must have their inhalers in P.E. Games and Swimming lessons.

Children who become wheezy during exercise must be allowed to take their reliever inhaler and rest until they feel better.

If a child wheezes frequently after a particular sport, parents will be informed.

All staff are aware of the fact that it takes 5 minutes of continuous exercise to produce an exercised-induced wheeze.

Parents’/Guardians’ Responsibilities

Parents must inform the school of any asthma related problems which affect their child/children.
Parents are responsible for providing two inhalers for each of their own children affect by asthma.
Parents must keep the inhalers up to date and change them when they are empty or past the expiry date*
Parents must show the expiry date of new inhalers to Mrs. Awkal.

* Mrs Awkal will keep an up-to-date list of expiry dates.

School Concerns

School will inform the parents/guardians when the following occurs:

Excessive use of reliever inhaler
No reliever inhaler kept in school
Excessive wheeziness occurs
Inhaler is nearing its expiry date
An inhaler is lost during an outing, swimming or games lesson
An inhaler is broken or ceases to function
Use of a reliever inhaler by the child

Additional Points

Rushen Primary School operates a no smoking policy.
A risk assessment is undertaken before any animal is allowed into school.
Staff are aware that some pens, paints and glues can contribute to an asthma attack.
Copies of the school’s asthma policy are given to all staff.
A copy of ‘Asthma - What to do if a child has an asthma attack’ is displayed in the school office.

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