Children with asthma can do just about anything that other children do, as long as they have the right management plan. That means communication between the home, the school and the doctor’s office. The school nurse can work closely with your child’s doctor to make sure your child gets the best care.
BPS is an asthma-friendly school district
From asthma specialists providing trainings for the nurses to collaboration with MassCOSH to improve indoor air quality, Boston is working hard to be "asthma-friendly." This means taking proactive steps to support children with asthma during the school day. Nurses observe how children are breathing at school. They know how each child responds after recess and gym and can give feedback to the child’s doctor if they are having difficulty and might need a medication adjustment.
How parents can help
Nurses need to be able to communicate with parents and doctors to to manage asthma so children can go to school in all weather, participate in physical education and sports and be part of their own management as they grow and mature. In order to give medicine during the school day, a form must be completed by the child’s physician and returned to the school nurse with with a signed doctor’s order and parent consent. It is also very helpful to bring a copy of the child's Asthma Action Plan. If the student is old enough to use medicine on his or her own, the parent can complete a Self-Administration Form together with the school nurse.
Most children with asthma do not need door-to-door transportation because of it, even in cold months. In order to be considered for transportation there must be communication with your child’s doctor, and the nurse must have the child’s medications and Asthma Action Plan.
Asthma Action Plan
The asthma action plan, created by your child’s doctor, outlines daily treatment such as what kind of medicines to take and when to take them. Each child's plan describes how to control asthma long term and how to handle worsening asthma. The plan explains when to call the doctor or go to the emergency room.