When schools closed in March, the traditional end-of-year band concerts that showcase a year’s worth of practice and progress were effectively canceled. Rose Hill Middle School (RHMS) Band Instructor, Angela Laulainen got creative during the remote learning period and had her students record their parts at home.
Asthma and Anaphylaxis
Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergic reaction that may involve systems of the entire body. Anaphylaxis is a medical emergency that requires immediate medical treatment and follow-up care by an allergist/immunologist.
The Lake Washington School District expects school administrators, teachers and support staff to be informed and aware of asthma and life threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) and how to deal with the resulting medical emergencies. Affected students require planned care and support during the school day and during school sponsored activities.
Parents/guardians are responsible for informing the school about their student’s potential risk for asthma and anaphylaxis and for ensuring the provision of ongoing health information and necessary medical supplies. The district will take reasonable measures to avoid allergens for affected students. The district will also train all staff in the awareness of asthma and anaphylaxis and prepare them to respond to emergencies. Additionally, student specific training will be provided for appropriate personnel.
Even with the district’s best efforts, staff and parents/guardians need to be aware that it is not possible to achieve a completely allergen-free environment. However, the district will take precautions to reduce the risk of a student having an anaphylactic reaction by developing strategies to minimize the presence of allergens in schools.
It is the policy of the district that students with asthma or anaphylaxis are afforded the opportunity to self-administer prescribed medications. The student’s parent or guardian must submit a written request and other documentation required by the school. The student’s prescribing health care provider must provide a written treatment plan. The student must demonstrate to the school’s professional registered nurse that the student is competent to possess and self-administer prescribed medications during school and at school sponsored events.
The Superintendent will establish procedures to support this policy and to ensure:
- Rescue protocol in cases of suspected anaphylaxis will follow OSPI’s Guidelines for the Care of Students with Anaphylaxis (2009);
- A simple and standardized format for emergency care plans is utilized; and
- A protocol is in place to ensure emergency care plans are current and completed.
Chapter 392-380 WAC
Guidelines for Care of Students with Anaphylaxis, OSPI, March 2009