Self-Administration of Asthma and Anaphylaxis Medications (Policy)

Policy Approve By
Scott McCallum, Superintendent
Policy Date (original policy date)
Policy Prepared By
Justine Mings, RN
Policy Category


Asthma is an inflammatory disease of the respiratory tract.  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.

It is the policy of WSSB that students with asthma or those at risk of anaphylaxis are afforded the opportunity to self-administer prescribed medications. The student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) will submit the necessary documentation required by the school nurses, along with the needed medication(s). The student’s prescribing healthcare provider must provide a written treatment plan.

The student must demonstrate to the school’s registered nurse(s) that the student is competent to possess and self-administer prescribed medications while residing on WSSB campus and participating in WSSB recreational activities.

WSSB’s Superintendent, Director of On-Campus Program, and school nurses will establish procedures that implement this policy and follow emergency rescue procedures outlined in the most recent edition of Asthma Management in Educational Settings.  In cases of at risk/suspected anaphylaxis, WSSB will follow guidelines and procedures outlined in the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Guidelines for the Care of Students with Anaphylaxis (2009).

Legal References: 42 U.S.C. 280, 42 U.S.C. 12212, 34 CFR Part 104 Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, RCW 28A.210.370, RCW 28A.210.310

Related Documents: Asthma Management in Educational Settings, OSPI’s Guidelines for the Care of Students with Anaphylaxis (2009)