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

RIRibbon 2013 AAFA Honor Roll™ State 2008 - 2013

Rhode Island
meets sixteen 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.

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

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

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

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 one of three extra credit indicators in this category:

I. State requires that allergy & asthma are included in health curriculum for all students.

School Environment Policies
:

Meets six of seven core policy standards in this category:

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 five 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.

O. State has a policy stating that districts or schools will provide funding or activities for faculty and staff on tobacco use cessation.

Noteworthy:

Rhode Island has been selected for the State Honor Roll since 2008.

Asthma in Schools:  On May 24, 2013, the Governor signed
 Joint Resolution # 2013 - H 5153: The Whole Child Initiative expressing the state's commitment that every child enters school healthy and ready to learn.  The resolution notes that gaps in educational achievement continue to exist and are tied to disparities in health issues such as teen pregnancy, substance abuse, tobacco use, and asthma, along with environmental concerns such as lead poisoning and healthy housing.

Sources:

State Education Agency Website

State General Assembly Website 

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