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AAFA's 2014 State Honor Roll™ of Asthma and Allergy Policies for Schools

Ribbon 2014 AAFA Honor Roll™ State 2008 - 2014 

Overall, Massachusetts meets 20 of 23 core policy standards and seven of twelve extra credit indicators.

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Medication and Treatment Policies:

Meets eleven of twelve 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.

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

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

7. State requires a procedure updating health records periodically.

8. State requires that schools maintain asthma/allergy incident reports for reactions, attacks, and medications administered.

9. State requires a student health history form that includes asthma/allergy information to be maintained for each student.

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

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

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

Meets two of five extra credit indicators in this category:

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

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

Awareness Policies:

Meets both core policy standards in this category:

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

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

Meets both extra credit indicators in this category:

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

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

School Environment Policies:

Meets seven of nine core policy standards in this category:

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

18. State recommends/requires that districts or schools use integrated pest management (IPM) techniques OR ban use of pesticides inside school.

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

20. State limits school bus idling time and establishes proximity restrictions.

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

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

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

Meets three of five extra credit indicators in this category:

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

J. State requires school facility design standards that include low emission construction materials, pollutant source controls, durable and easy to clean surfaces and floors, moisture/mold controls.

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

Noteworthy:

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

Asthma and Allergy Medications in School: Massachusetts enacted a law in 2013 requiring school districts to allow students with life-threatening allergies to possess and administer epinephrine, in accordance with state health department regulations. The same law allows school districts to store epinephrine in a secure but unlocked place as determined by the school nurse. Chapter 432: An Act Relative To Access To Epinephrine In Schools

Indoor Air Quality: Massachusetts regulations set forth containment procedures for dusts, gases, fumes, and other pollutants created during renovations/construction as part of any planned construction and for meeting indoor air quality standards in school construction. 963 Mass. Code Regs. 2.04 -- General Site and School Construction Standards (2) Design and Construction Standards: Indoor Air Quality.

Sources:

State Education Agency Website
State Legislature Website 

 
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