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Asthma Friendly Policies and Practices: An Assessment. *** Your Name and Position***. School Health Services and Coordination. School Nurse Ratio. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that there be at least one full-time school nurse for every 750 students.

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Asthma friendly policies and practices an assessment

Asthma Friendly Policies and Practices: An Assessment

*** Your Name and Position***


School health services and coordination

School Health Services and Coordination


School nurse ratio

School Nurse Ratio

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that there be at least one full-time school nurse for every 750 students


How is our school doing

How is Our School Doing?


Identification of students with asthma

Identification of Students with Asthma

  • Montana law requires that all students who self-carry asthma and severe allergy medication fill out the required paperwork annually (MCA 20-5-420)

    • All students with chronic health conditions should be identified annually in order to ensure school safety

  • Important health information should be passed on to relevant school staff


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How is Our School Doing?


Written treatment plans

Written Treatment Plans

  • Written treatment plans should be prepared for all students with chronic health conditions

    • This includes having asthma action plans for all students with asthma

    • The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program encourages students to provide their school with an asthma action plan


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How is Our School Doing?


Self carry law and backup medications

Self-Carry Law and Backup Medications

  • MCA 20-5-420 states that: “(a) school…shall permit the possession or self-administration of medication, as prescribed, by a pupil with asthma, severe allergies, or anaphylaxis…”

  • Additionally, the law states that: “asthma, severe allergy, or anaphylaxis medication may be kept by the pupil and backup medication must be kept at a pupil's school in a predetermined location or locations to which the pupil has access in the event of an asthma, severe allergy, or anaphylaxis emergency.”


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How is Our School Doing?


Emergency health procedures

Emergency Health Procedures

  • School wide protocols need to be in place for handling emergency medical situations, including asthma attacks

  • These protocols should be posted around the school and readily available to school staff


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How is Our School Doing?


Staff training

Staff Training

  • School staff need to receive regular training on common health conditions, including asthma

    • Approximately one out of every ten Montana children has asthma


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How is Our School Doing?


Other health services policies

Other Health Services Policies

  • ***Add information about other relevant policies related to school health services and coordination***


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How is Our School Doing?


School environment

School Environment


Tobacco

Tobacco

  • Tobacco products need to be completely eliminated from the school environment

    • Tobacco smoke is a potent asthma trigger

    • Montana law prohibits tobacco use on school property


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How is Our School Doing?


Vehicle idling

Vehicle Idling

  • Instituting a “No Idling” policy can improve air quality around the school

    • These policies are supported by both the US Environmental Protection Agency and the MT Department of Environmental Quality

    • In addition to reducing pollutants, reducing idling also has the potential to save fuel costs for the school district


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How is Our School Doing?


Pest management

Pest Management

  • Overuse of pesticides can trigger asthma

    • Integrated pest management (IPM) techniques reduce or eliminate the use of pesticides while managing pest populations at an acceptable level

    • The US Environmental Protection Agency recommends that schools use IPM


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How is Our School Doing?


Cleaning products

Cleaning Products

  • Use of “green” and less toxic cleaning products can improve indoor air quality

    • These cleaning products are less likely to irritate the airways of children with asthma

    • Encouraged by the US Environmental Protection Agency


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How is Our School Doing?


Heating ventilating and air conditioning hvac system

Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) System

  • Regular inspection and maintenance of the Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system needs to be performed

    • This ensures optimum indoor air quality in the school


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How is Our School Doing?


Outdoor air quality monitoring

Outdoor Air Quality Monitoring

  • In addition to indoor air quality levels, it is important to monitor outdoor air quality levels as well

    • When outdoor air quality levels are unhealthy, outdoor activities need to be modified

    • http://todaysair.mt.gov/


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How is Our School Doing?


Other school environment policies

Other School Environment Policies

  • ***Add information about other relevant school policies related to creating and maintaining a healthy school environment***


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How is Our School Doing?


Conclusions

Conclusions

  • ***Add several bullet points reviewing your main findings***

  • ***More***

  • ***More***

  • ***More***


Questions

Questions?

  • ***Your Contact Information Here***

  • For more information about asthma, contact Jeanne Cannon at the Montana Asthma Control Program

    • Phone: (406) 444-4592

    • E-mail: [email protected]

    • Website: www.dphhs.mt.gov/asthma


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