State law addresses asthma plans.
A. Each school district must develop a procedure to allow students to carry and use prescription inhalers while in school or at a school sanctioned function or event, when prescribed by a licensed healthcare provider with prescriptive privileges. Students who carry inhalers must provide the school with medical documentation that the inhaler has been legitimately prescribed and that the child needs to self- carry due to a medical condition. No child shall be disciplined for failure to provide such documentation in advance.
- No school teacher, school administrator, or school health personnel, or any other school personnel will be liable for civil damages which may result from acts or omissions in the use of prescription inhalers by children which may constitute ordinary negligence. This immunity does not apply to acts or omissions constituting gross negligence or willful or wanton conduct.
State of Rhode Island General Laws § 16-21-22. Allergic emergencies – Anaphylaxis – Use of epinephrine – Immunity for those administering.
(b) The policies, rules, and regulations shall also include a procedure to allow children to carry and use prescription inhalers, and auto-injectable epinephrine, while in school, at a school-sanctioned function or event, or in transit to and from school or school-sanctioned function or event by the school bus service provider; when prescribed by a licensed individual with prescriptive privileges. Children who need to carry prescription inhalers and/or auto-injectable epinephrine shall provide the school and the school bus service provider with medical documentation that the inhaler and/or auto-injectable epinephrine has been legitimately prescribed and that the child needs to carry it on his or her person due to a medical condition, but no child shall be disciplined solely for failure to provide this documentation in advance.