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School Care Action Plan for Pediatrics Asthma

The Partners in Respiratory Education Enriching Students and Schools (“PRESS”) is a multi-sectoral, multi-disciplinary, school-centric model for referring, educating and supporting children with asthma.

The PRESS model coordinates activities in the health and educational sectors at provincial, community, school board and school levels. It lays down procedures, programs, training and resources to enable children with asthma to develop enduring self-management behaviours.

The PRESS model combines a comprehensive pathway-type approach that brings together evidence based or evidence informed programs, resources and practices from multiple partners. It aims to replace inconsistent and uni-focused approaches.

 

close referenceReminder note to parents to notify school of child's asthma [no sample provided]
close referenceRegistration Questions to identify children with asthma [no sample provided]

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  • Asthma screening tool to take to physician [not provided]
close reference School Health Asthma Team – members and roles¹

¹: Integrate actions of asthma support/management into an existing school committee structure that allows participation of pertinent health services. This may include a sub team that plans and ensures the school is a healthy community for students (and staff) with asthma. The group may be guided by principles and evidence of health promoting schools. The planning team may consist of the school health committee, coach, parent, teacher, school's occupational health and safety, asthma educator, public health nurse, primary care nurse, and/or local pharmacist. An asthma school champion should be identified to lead and coordinate. Health services should identify appropriate health representation and support. With a participatory approach, this team will support planning, assessment of school needs, access to resources, and education.

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close reference School Health Asthma Team – members and roles¹

¹: Integrate actions of asthma support/management into an existing school committee structure that allows participation of pertinent health services. This may include a sub team that plans and ensures the school is a healthy community for students (and staff) with asthma. The group may be guided by principles and evidence of health promoting schools. The planning team may consist of the school health committee, coach, parent, teacher, school's occupational health and safety, asthma educator, public health nurse, primary care nurse, and/or local pharmacist. An asthma school champion should be identified to lead and coordinate. Health services should identify appropriate health representation and support. With a participatory approach, this team will support planning, assessment of school needs, access to resources, and education.

close reference Infection control measures:
close reference Education for students with asthma:
close reference Medication documentation (School board specific e.g. http://www.eics.ab.ca/pdfs/1244IHCD%20-%20Meds.pdf)
close reference School Health Asthma Team – members and roles¹

¹: Integrate actions of asthma support/management into an existing school committee structure that allows participation of pertinent health services. This may include a sub team that plans and ensures the school is a healthy community for students (and staff) with asthma. The group may be guided by principles and evidence of health promoting schools. The planning team may consist of the school health committee, coach, parent, teacher, school's occupational health and safety, asthma educator, public health nurse, primary care nurse, and/or local pharmacist. An asthma school champion should be identified to lead and coordinate. Health services should identify appropriate health representation and support. With a participatory approach, this team will support planning, assessment of school needs, access to resources, and education.

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LIST of APPENDICES
  1. Goals for the Student with Asthma / Responsibility Checklist
  2. Reminder note to parents to notify school of child's asthma
  3. Registration Questions to identify children with asthma
  4. Parent/Guardian Responsibility Checklist Your Child has Asthma ...what you can do
  5. Asthma Alert/Allergy Alert forms;
  6. Medication authorization form (school board specific eg  Medication/Personal Care Authorization Form  and EPSB Authorization Form for the Administration of Medication)
  7. Principal, Vice Principal & Support Staff Responsibility Checklist
  8. Parent Resources:
  9. Goals for Creating An Asthma Friendly School
  10. School Health Asthma Team – members and roles¹

    ¹: Integrate actions of asthma support/management into an existing school committee structure that allows participation of pertinent health services. This may include a sub team that plans and ensures the school is a healthy community for students (and staff) with asthma. The group may be guided by principles and evidence of health promoting schools. The planning team may consist of the school health committee, coach, parent, teacher, school's occupational health and safety, asthma educator, public health nurse, primary care nurse, and/or local pharmacist. An asthma school champion should be identified to lead and coordinate. Health services should identify appropriate health representation and support. With a participatory approach, this team will support planning, assessment of school needs, access to resources, and education.

  11. Staff asthma education and resources:
  12. Keeping Children and Youth with Asthma Active
  13. Letter to parents about schools concern about symptoms
  14. Asthma screening tool to take to physician
  15. Assess and control triggers:
  16. Infection control measures:
  17. Education for students with asthma:
  18. School wide awareness:
  19. A Child is having an asthma Attack - poster
  20. Medication documentation (School board specific e.g. http://www.eics.ab.ca/pdfs/1244IHCD%20-%20Meds.pdf)
  21. Poorly controlled asthma clipboard
  22. Board related policies and practices (province specific)

Bibliography and Acknowledgements
Note: This pathway and list of resources is a compilation of existing resources from various organizations and is underdevelopment. If you have suggestions on resources or ways it can be improved, please email smcghan@ualberta.ca

We would like to acknowledge contributions from the following organizations and web sites:
1. Public Health School Asthma Project www.asthmainschools.com
2. Ontario Physical and Health Education Association www.ophea.net
3. The Children's Asthma Education Centre www.asthma-education.com
4. Asthma Society of Canada www.asthma.ca
5. The Lung Association www.lung.ca
6. Alberta Asthma Centre www.asthmacentre.org
7. Alberta Health Services www.albertahealthservices.org
8. Anaphylaxis Canada www.anaphylaxis.ca
9. I Can Control Asthma Now www.ucalgary.ca/icancontrolasthma/
10. Alberta Education www.education.alberta.ca

 

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