Asthma Policy


Meadow High School

Asthma Policy


Policy Name:  

Asthma Procedure

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Revised Date:

Reviewed August 2015

Review by Date:

May 2016

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Senior Management Team

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1.               AIM

This procedure aims to ensure that the school are able to adequately support pupils with Asthma and ensure that pupil’s are able to safely participate in all school activities. 

2.               DEFINITION

Asthma is a condition that affects the airways - the small tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs. When a person with asthma comes into contact with something that irritates their airways (an asthma trigger), the muscles around the walls of the airways tighten.


3.1            Parents/Carers

•Parents/carers must inform Meadow High School if their child is diagnosed with Asthma, and clarify the following:

  • Any known triggers
  • Steps to be taken should an asthma attack occur
  • Any Medical Treatment Plan, from the hospital or doctor, given to the parents/carer, must also be shared with Meadow High School
  • Details of any treatment/medication prescribed to help alleviate symptoms

•Parents need to immediately notify the school or any changes in dosage/administration.

•If the medication prescribed is administered from a Metered Dose Inhaler (puffer) it will be necessary to provide a Volumatic Flask (spacer) to ensure that the correct dose is delivered effectively.

3.2            School

The school will ensure:-

•An up to date list of pupils with an asthmatic condition is kept in the medical room for reference purposes.  

•Any child known to have Asthma will have a completed “Care Plan for a pupil with medical needs”. This form needs to be shared, agreed and signed by parents/carers and be updated as soon as any new information is received. This care plan will be stored in accordance with the school Care Plan Protocol and be available for all school trips.

•Parents are notified of any treatment given in school.

•If a pupil needs to be taken to hospital a school representative needs to remain with the pupil until they have been handed back to their parent/carer

•It is the responsibility of the School Welfare Officer to check the expiry date and that each inhaler is in full working order. If any medication is misplaced no other medication should be administered and the parents will be contacted either to take the student home or to obtain a new supply of medication.

•Teachers should share with the School Welfare Officer and other colleagues any relevant information and concerns about the asthmatic condition of individual pupils.


3.2.1       Training

•Asthma training will be provided annually to all school staff by an appropriately trained healthcare professional

•Advice from an asthma clinic nurse is available when needed.


3.2.2       Off site Activities

•Any prescribed medication and “Care Plan for a pupil with medical needs” must be taken on any off site activity.  

•If students do not have any medication in school they will not be permitted to go on the trip. 

•A qualified first aider should be present on all school trips. 

•Some school activities may trigger a pupils asthma, therefore they may on occasions not be able to participate in the school’s curriculum such as PE, Science or Design Technology as this could be dangerous for them. 


4.               MEDICATION

4.1            Prevention inhalers 

Prevention inhalers are generally brown in colour. It is very unusual to have prevention inhalers in school as these are normally used regularly twice a day and administered at home.

4.2            Relief inhalers 

These are generally blue in colour.

•Inhalers should be readily available at all times of the school day.  

•Pupils must have access to their relief inhaler at all times. 

•Inhalers should be closely supervised and kept out of the reach of other pupils.  

•An inhaler should be kept in the classroom with the pupil

•A second inhaler should be retained in an unlocked cupboard in the medical room – this inhaler should be kept for emergencies and for use on outside activities. 



Signs of an asthma attack include breathless, wheezing or coughs continually.  Staff should:

•Keep calm.

•Allow the pupil to sit down in a position that they find most comfortable.  Do not make them lie down.

•Give the pupil their relief (blue) inhaler. Encourage or assist them to deliver 2–10 puffs via volumatic or preferred individual device, one puff at a time.

•Encourage the pupil to breathe slowly and deeply.

•Wait 5-10 minutes.

•If the symptoms resolve, the pupil can return to their classroom under observation.

•If the symptoms improve but do not fully resolve, contact the parents and give another dose (2-10 puffs, of relief inhaler).

•If the pupil’s inhaler is not in school or the medication is insufficient, contact the parents and, if necessary, take the child to hospital.



A severe asthma attack is indicated by the following signs:-

•normal relief medication has had no effect after two administrations

•the pulse rate is 120 per minute or more

•the pupil is breathing rapidly at the rate of 30 breaths a minute of more

•the pupil is too breathless to talk normally

•the pupil shows signs of becoming exhausted

If there are any doubts or concerns about the condition of the pupil the following procedures should be followed in order:-

1.Call an ambulance to take the pupil to hospital.

2.Contact the parents or other emergency contact if the parents cannot be reached.

3.Until an ambulance arrives, keep trying with the usual relief inhaler every 5-10 minutes.  Do not worry about giving an overdose as this is not possible with ventolin.  

Until an ambulance arrives keep trying with the usual relief inhaler every 5-10  minutes.