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AAFA's 2013 State Honor Roll™ of Asthma and Allergy Policies for Schools

CTRibbon 2013 AAFA Honor Roll™ State 2008 - 2013 

Overall, Connecticut meets seventeen of eighteen core policy standards and ten of fifteen extra credit indicators.

Medication and Treatment Policies:

Meets eight of nine core policy standards in this category:

1. State requires physician’s written instructions to be on file to dispense prescription medication to students.

2. State policy ensures students’ right to self-carry and self-administer prescribed asthma medication.

3. State policy ensures students’ right to self-carry and self-administer prescribed anaphylaxis medication.

4. State policy mandates schools to identify and maintain records for students with chronic conditions including asthma & anaphylaxis.

5. State requires a procedure updating health records periodically.

7. State requires schools to have emergency protocols for asthma.

8. State requires schools to have emergency protocols for anaphylaxis.

9. Nurse-to-student ratio is 1:750 or better.

Meets four of six extra credit indicators in this category:

A. State requires local school districts to create medication policy and provides resources, guidelines and parameters.

B. State requires schools to maintain a health history form that includes asthma/allergy information for each student.

C. State has or is preparing an explicit asthma program with policies, procedures and resources for schools to manage students with asthma.

D. State has or is preparing an explicit anaphylaxis program with policies, procedures and resources for schools to manage students with allergies.

Awareness Policies:

Meets two of two core policy standards in this category:

10. State recognizes problem of asthma in schools and has begun to address it.

11. State recognizes problem of allergy in schools and has begun to address it.

Meets two of three extra credit indicators in this category:

G. State sponsors or provides funding for staff training in asthma awareness covering school asthma program/policy and procedure.

H. State sponsors or provides funding for staff training in food allergies.

School Environment Policies:

Meets seven of seven core policy standards in this category:

12. State has mandated that all schools must have IAQ management policies.

13. State has adopted a policy requiring that districts and schools conduct periodic inspections (of HVAC system & other items important in asthma/allergy management).

14. State has IAQ policies that include specific components important in asthma/allergy management (HVAC, HEPA, carpeting, pesticide use).

15. State requires schools to notify parents of upcoming pesticide applications.

16. All smoking is prohibited in school buildings and on school grounds.

17. All smoking is prohibited on school buses and at school-related functions.

18. Tobacco use prevention is required in health education curriculum.

Meets four of six extra credit indicators in this category:

J. State makes funding or resources available for technical IAQ assistance to schools.

K. State recommends or requires that districts or schools use IPM techniques or ban the use of pesticides inside school whenever students are in the building.

L. State limits school bus idling time.

M. State has implemented or actively promotes diesel school bus engine retrofitting program.

Noteworthy:

Connecticut has been selected for the State Honor Roll since 2008. 

Medication Policy: The State Department of Education requires schools, before end after-school and school readiness programs to maintain an individual medication administration record for students who receive medications during school or program hours.  The state also allows paraprofessionals to administer medications to students in the case of an emergency, if approved by the school board.  A bill proposed 2013 but not passed in Connecticut would have required children to have a health assessment prior to public school enrollment including a check box to indicate an asthma diagnosis.

Sources:

State Education Agency Website: http://www.sde.ct.gov/

State Legislature Website: http://www.cga.ct.gov/ 

Accommodating Special Dietary Needs: Guidance for School Nutrition Programs (revised January 2013):
Contains guidance on accommodating special dietary needs in school nutrition programs, based on federal laws, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) requirements and Connecticut laws and regulations.

 

 
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