Colorado - Chronic Conditions—asthma plan: Policy requirement

Area: 
Policy Or Plan Requirements
Policy Type: 
statute; regulation
Summary: 

State law addresses asthma plan.

C.R.S. 22-1-119.5

(2) (a) A student with asthma, a food allergy, other severe allergies, or a related, life-threatening condition may possess and self-administer medication to treat the student's asthma, food or other allergy, anaphylaxis, or other related, life-threatening condition if the student has a treatment plan approved pursuant to this subsection (2) or the student's school district board of education has adopted a policy for student possession and administration of prescription medication pursuant to section 22-1-119.3.


C.R.S. 22-2-135

(3) (a) On or before January 1, 2010, the state board of education, in consultation with the department of public health and environment, shall promulgate rules for the management of food allergies and anaphylaxis among students enrolled in the public schools of the state. The rules shall include, but need not be limited to, the following:

  • (I) Reasonable accommodations for communication between schools and emergency medical services, including instructions for emergency medical responders;
  • (II) Reasonable accommodations to reduce the risk of students' exposure to agents that may cause anaphylaxis, including but not limited to exposure that may occur in classrooms, cafeterias, and common areas and during extracurricular activities, field trips, school-sponsored programs occurring before and after regular school hours, and other school-sponsored programs;
  • (III) The provision of emergency anaphylaxis treatment training for appropriate staff to prepare them to respond appropriately in the event that a student suffers anaphylaxis as a result of an allergic reaction to food, which training shall include but need not be limited to training in the administration of self-injectable epinephrine; and
  • (IV) Procedures to ensure the availability of a student's self-injectable epinephrine to faculty and administrative staff of the school in the event that a student suffers anaphylaxis and requires emergency medical treatment.

1 CCR 301-68

Each school district board of education, including the Charter School Institute, shall adopt and implement a policy for the management of food allergies and anaphylaxis among students enrolled in the public schools of the school district. This policy, at a minimum, shall address the following requirements.

2.01 The management of food allergies and anaphylaxis in the school setting shall be a collaboration between the school district, parents, Healthcare Practitioner, and student, as appropriate.

2.02 The School Nurse or school administrator, in consultation with the School Nurse, shall be responsible for the development and implementation of the Plan for each student with the diagnosis of a potential life-threatening food allergy after reviewing the information provided by the student's parent or legal guardian and Healthcare Practitioner on the allergy and anaphylaxis standard form developed by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment pursuant to section 25-1.5-109, C.R.S. and referenced in section 22-2-135, C.R.S. If a student qualifies as a student with a disability in accordance with federal law, including but not limited to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, or the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the development of a Health Care Plan and/or other plan as appropriate, in accordance with such federal laws, shall be deemed to meet the requirements of these rules.

2.03 The school shall have a plan in place for communication between the school and emergency medical services, including instructions for emergency medical responders.

2.04 Reasonable accommodations shall be made to reduce the student's exposure to agents that may cause anaphylaxis within the school environment as set forth in section 22-2-135(3)(a)(II), C.R.S. The School Nurse, school personnel, Healthcare Practitioner, the student's parent or legal guardian, and student as appropriate, shall work in partnership to develop reasonable accommodations to reduce the risk of the student's exposure to agents that cause anaphylaxis. If a student qualifies as a student with a disability in accordance with federal law, including but not limited to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, or the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the development of a Health Care Plan and/or other plan as appropriate, in accordance with such federal laws, shall be deemed to meet the requirements of these rules.

2.05 Training shall be done for Appropriate Staff as outlined below in section 3.00 of these rules.

2.06 Emergency medications shall be kept in a secure location easily accessible for designated staff.

2.07 The parent or legal guardian of the student shall be responsible, to supply to the school in a timely fashion the medication needed for treatment of food allergies or anaphylaxis unless the student is authorized to self-carry.

2.08 Prior to the beginning of each school year, each school district shall provide notice to the parent or legal guardian of each student enrolled in a public school of the policy adopted by the school district pursuant to section 22-32-139, C.R.S. The notice shall direct the parent or legal guardian how to access the standard form referred to in section 22-2-135(3)(b), C.R.S. and developed by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment pursuant to section 25-1.5-109, C.R.S.
Source: Colorado Secretary of State

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