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New Jersey

AAFA's 2015 State Honor Roll™ of Asthma and Allergy Policies for Schools

Ribbon 2015 AAFA Honor Roll™ State 2008 - 2015 

NJOverall, New Jersey meets 20 of 23 core policy standards and nine of twelve extra credit indicators.

Medication and Treatment Policies:

Meets ten 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.

Meets four of five extra credit indicators in this category:

A. State requires anaphylaxis - Epinephrine - stocking and authority to administer in schools.
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.
E. State has adopted policy stating that school districts provide case management for students with chronic health conditions such as asthma.

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 eight of nine core policy standards in this category:

15. State has mandated that all schools must have IAQ management policies.
16. State has adopted a policy requiring that districts and schools conduct periodic inspections (of HVAC system & other items important in asthma/allergy management).
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.
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.
K. State has implemented or actively promotes diesel school bus engine retrofitting program.
L. State requires districts or schools to provide tobacco use cessation services to students.

Noteworthy:

New Jersey has been selected for the State Honor Roll since 2008.

Epinephrine in Schools: A 2015 New Jersey law, An Act Concerning the Emergency Administration of Epinephrine to Student for Anaphylaxis, requires school to maintain supply of epinephrine and to administer to a student having an anaphylactic reaction. 

Sources:

State Education Agency Website 
State Legislature Website 

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