Kings Furlong Junior School Asthma Policy
At Kings Furlong Junior School we:
recognise that asthma is an important condition affecting many school
ensure that children with asthma participate fully in all aspects of school
life including P.E.
recognise that immediate access to reliever inhalers is vital
keep records of children with asthma and the medication they take
ensure the school environment is favourable to children with asthma
ensure that other children understand asthma
ensure that all staff who come into contact with children with asthma know
what to do in the event of an asthma attack
work in partnership with all interested parties including all school staff,
parents, governors, doctors and nurses, and children to ensure the policy
is implemented and maintained successfully.
1. Normally pupils with asthma are in school and should therefore be encouraged to
take a full part in all activities of the school.
2. In collaboration with the School Nursing Service, all staff will be advised on
practical asthma management and will be updated as necessary.
a. The school will ask all parents whether their son/daughter has asthma (or
recurrent nocturnal & exercise induced cough or is very wheezy) on
b. A record of all pupils with asthma will be maintained and be available to
all staff & updated termly.
Pupils will need to keep one reliever inhaler at school in a designated place
readily accessible in the classroom. Personal inhalers should be named.
IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT THE PUPIL HAS IMMEDIATE ACCESS TO THEIR
RELIEVER INHALER AT ALL TIMES.
FOR EMERGENCY USE ONLY the school is provided with a reliever inhaler and
The school will ensure that the pupil has easy access to their reliever inhaler at
all times, in the classroom, on the sports field, at the pool and on school trips.
5. Sports –
The aim of total normal activity will be the goal for all but the most severely
affected pupil with asthma. However, the schools is aware that nearly all young
people with asthma may become wheezy during exercise and will act
accordingly. Pupils will be allowed to take their reliever inhaler BEFORE exercise
to help prevent exercise-induced asthma. During sports the teacher will ensure
that the reliever inhaler is taken onto the sports field or swimming pool.
6. Passive smoking –
Both pupils, parents and staff should understand that inhaling someone else’s
cigarette smoke can trigger attacks of asthma. The school policy on smoking will
ensure that pupils are not exposed to this hazard.
7. Lessons – such as Science, Art/Craft
The school will recognise that inhaling certain chemicals, dust or reactions to
furry animals can trigger attacks of asthma and will take the necessary
8. Emergency treatment –
Staff will follow the guidelines given and refer to the posters or seek advice from
the School Nursing Service.
9. The school recognises the need to include education of all pupils about asthma
by fellow asthmatic pupils in conjunction with the SAM team/School Health.
Once a term on the same day as the fire drill, all teachers will check the Asthma
Register in their class to make sure the inhalers are in school and are in date and are
being administered appropriately.
a. School Nursing Service.
b. The SAM (Schools Asthma Management) team, The Health Education Unit,
Research and Graduate School of Education, University of Southampton,
Southampton SO17 1BJ.
c. G.A.M.E.S. (Group for Asthma Management and Education in School),
Department of Child Health, Level G, Southampton General Hospital,
d. National Asthma Campaign, Providence House, Providence Place, London
e. ASTHMA HELPLINE – ring 08457 01 02 03 – ask where we can get the
With thanks for help from the National Asthma Campaign
Revised March 2010
Class __________ 2010
Please check the Asthma Register in your class
to make sure the inhalers are in school, in date,
are not empty and are being administered
appropriately then date and sign.
Autumn: Date__________ sign _____________
Spring: Date__________ sign _____________
Summer: Date__________ sign ____________
(Please return this note to the school office)
Please make a note of any issues below:
Reminder: Please make sure you read the A3 sheet
for guidance on Epipens