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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, Rhode Island meets 20 of 23 core policy standards and four of twelve extra credit indicators.

RIMedication 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 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.

School Environment Policies:

Meets eight of nine core policy standards in this category:

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.

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 two 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.


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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