St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Brighouse
St Joseph’s school is an inclusive community that aims to support and welcome pupils with asthma.
We strive to ensure that the whole school environment, which includes physical, social, sporting and educational activities, is inclusive and favourable to children with asthma.
We ensure all staff understand their duty of care to children and young people in the event of an emergency.
All staff feel confident in knowing what to do in an emergency.
All our new school staff receive asthma awareness training.
We have clear guidance on the administration and storage of medicines and record keeping.
A hard copy of this policy MUST be kept with practical guidance leaflets etc. on managing asthma episodes in the medical room.
Every Asthmatic child should have their inhaler(s) and spacer* in school at all times. These are to be stored in the child’s classroom in a blue bag on the back of the storeroom door and staff and children with inhalers in that room should know where their inhaler is kept.
Their individual Care Plan plus Parental Consent for staff to administer medicine are kept on file in the Medical Room.
If children are on a school trip or are off the premises the lead staff member should be responsible for ensuring that all inhalers are taken and that each child has easy access to their inhaler. This includes Church and Swimming etc.
Children with asthma are encouraged to take control of their condition once they and they parent/carer feel they are confident enough to do this – supported by the staff.
Children with asthma are included in all school activities.
All blue inhaler bags must be taken out in the event of a Fire Alarm or other emergency situation involving an evacuation of the building or lock-down.
St Joseph’s is committed to providing children with a physical environment, which is accessible to children with asthma. When buildings decisions are made the Governors will ensure that this commitment is considered.
Our commitment to an accessible physical environment includes out of school visits and the school ensures these visits are accessible to all children, striving to ensure all can be included in the activities on offer. We ensure the needs of the children with asthma are adequately considered to ensure they have full access to extended school activities such as school productions, after school clubs and residential activities.
Staff use opportunities such as PE lessons and assemblies to raise awareness of asthma amongst children and to help create a positive social environment.
We ensure all classroom teachers, TAs and sports coaches:
- understand that children with asthma should not be forced to take part in activity if they feel unwell
- are aware of the potential triggers for pupil’s asthma when exercising and are aware of ways to minimise these triggers
We ensure all children have the appropriate medicines with them during physical activity and that children take them when needed.
Risk assessments are carried out for any out of school visit and asthma is always considered during this process. Factors considered include how routine and emergency medicines will be stored and administered and where help could be obtained in an emergency.
There may be additional medicines, equipment or factors to consider when planning residential visits. These may be in addition to any medicines, facilities and healthcare plans that are normally available in school.
Staff understand their duty of care to children in the event of an emergency. In an emergency situation school staff are required under common law duty of care, to act like any reasonably prudent parent. This may include administering medicines.
All staff who work with children at our school receive training and know what to do in an emergency for the children in their care with asthma.
Training is refreshed for all staff at least every two years.
We use school asthma healthcare plans to inform the appropriate staff (including supply teachers and support staff), of children in their care who may need emergency help.
On occasions when a child needs to go to hospital, appropriate medical information is available on file in the Medical Room to send with the child
Policy on the administration of Epipens
What is the purpose of this policy?
The purpose of this policy is to describe to parents/carers, governors, and staff the measures taken by the school to protect those children who may need to receive the administration of an epipen.
This policy only describes in outline the causes and symptoms of anaphylaxis.
Staff will receive detailed training from the school nurse on an annual basis for staff working directly with a child and biennially for all other staff.
This policy in its hard-copy format MUST be kept with additional more detailed and practical guidance. This details the actions to be taken.
What is anaphylaxis?
- Anaphylaxis can be triggered by foods (nuts, shellfish, dairy products) or non-foods (wasp and bee stings, certain medicines, even exercise).
- The symptoms of anaphylaxis can be identified by effects on the respiratory system, cardiovascular system, gastrointestinal system, skin, nervous system, genitourinary system:
- generalised flushing of the skin.
- nettle rash (hives) anywhere on the body.
- sense of impending doom.
- swelling of throat and mouth.
- difficulty in swallowing or speaking.
- alterations in heart rate.
- severe asthma.
- abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. In the event of an attack it is important to administer an epipen as soon as possible and then call 999 for an ambulance.Note: The above symptoms can sometimes be confused with Asthma and if the child is known to be asthmatic a blue inhaler should be administered. How will I know when and how to administer an epipen? Even in an emergency situation the decision should be made following a brief discussion with at least one other member of staff and if possible a member of the SLT. Of course if this is not practically possible because of the urgency of the situation it may be essential for the epipen to be administered.
- IF IN DOUBT ALWAYS CALL FOR AN AMBULANCE
- If staff have administered an epipen and there is no change in the casualty’s condition within 5 minutes – the second epipen will be administered.
- If the symptoms are evident and especially if the patient is finding it hard to breath or is experiencing the other symptoms detailed above to a significant degree it is better to use the epipen than not.
- In an ideal scenario one of the qualified First Aiders in school should be involved in the decision to use an epipen.
- Not all symptoms will necessarily be experienced. Always ring 999 if in doubt.