YOUR SCHOOL'S ASTHMA EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROTOCOL
Legislation enacted in August 2016 requires each Illinois primary and secondary school to adopt an asthma emergency response protocol. The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has developed a model asthma episode emergency response protocol, and each school district, charter school and non-public school was required to adopt it or a similar protocol, including all the components of the ISBE model protocol, by January 1, 2017. The model protocol and other resources are available on the ISBE website.
The same law requires schools to request asthma action plans from parents of students with asthma. The plans must be kept on file in the office of the school nurse or, in the absence of a school nurse, the school administrator.
This law also requires school personnel who work with pupils to complete training on the management of asthma, prevention of asthma symptoms and emergency response in the school setting every two years.
You can bring RHA’s asthma programs to your schools, including Asthma Management, RHA’s one-hour program that educates school personnel, parents and other caregivers of a child with asthma. The Asthma Management for School Staff webinar, a collaboration of RHA, Illinois Department of Public Health and ISBE available on the ISBE website, also meets this requirement.