3419 Self-Administration of Asthma and Anaphylaxis Medications

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 the board of directors that students with asthma or anaphylaxis are afforded the opportunity to self-administer prescribed medications. The student’s parent or guardian will 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 that implement this policy and follow emergency rescue procedures outlined in the most recent edition of AMES:  Asthma Management in Educational Settings, in cases of suspected asthma and the emergency rescue procedures outlined in the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Guidelines for the Care of Students with Anaphylaxis (2009) in cases of suspected anaphylaxis.


Cross References:       Model Policy 3416                        Medication at School

Model Policy 2161                        Special Education and Related Services for Eligible Students

Model Policy 2162                        Education of Students with Disabilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitative Act of 1973

Model Policy 3420                        Anaphylaxis Prevention and Response

Legal References:       42 U.S.C. 280                               Public Health Service Act

42 U.S.C. 12212                           Section 512 Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

34 CFR Part 104                           Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act of 1973

RCW 28A.210.370                       Students with Asthma

RCW 28A.210.380                       Anaphylaxis-Policy guidelines-Procedures-Reports

Management Resources:

                                    Policy News, August, 2012           Self-Administration of Asthma and Anaphylaxis Medications

                                    Policy News, February 2009         Anaphylaxis Prevention Policy Required

OSPI, March 2009                        Guidelines for the Care of Students with Anaphylaxis


Adoption Date: 9.12

Methow Valley School District

Classification: Essential

WSSDA 8.12