School Policies

  • Utah’s Inhaler Law (Utah Code Annotated UCA-53G-9-503, formerly 53A-11-602).
  • Utah’s Stock Albuterol Policy: The Utah State Legislature passed House Bill 344 during the 2019 legislative session which allows schools to stock albuterol to use for students. This statute is not meant to replace a students own rescue medication. These guidelines have been developed to instruct school staff on how to use stock albuterol since the goal is to help keep students in class ready to learn. The Prescription for Short-Acting Bronchodilator Solution for Nebulization for School Use is a fillable form to be used by a trained employee or health care provider to administer, as needed to an invidual exhibiting symptoms of respiratory distress in accordance with Guidelines pursuant to UCA 26-41.
  • Asthma Action Plan, Medication Authorization and Self-Administration Form (Combined Asthma School Form): This link takes you to the Utah School Nurses Guidelines page with both English and Spanish combined asthma school forms available. This form combines all of the forms you need to manage asthma at school. It serves as an asthma action plan, medication authorization, and self-administration form.
  • Asthma Self-Administration Form: Students can carry and self-administer inhaled asthma medications at school. This link takes you to the Utah School Nurses Guidlines page with both English and Spanish forms available. The form provides the necessary written information to allow your student to carry an inhaler.
  • Asthma Action Plan (Español): Ask your doctor for a written Asthma Action Plan for the school. This plan should include asthma symptoms, triggers, medications, and emergency contact information.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) uses common-sense methods to control pests. It is proactive pest management that works.

IPM provides a healthier alternative to traditional pesticide management programs:

  • Reduction in both chemical- and pest-related asthma triggers
  • Reduction in pesticide exposure to our developing children
  • Lower risk of acute pesticide poisoning
  • Healthier school and learning environment

The Department of Health now requires all K-12 public, private, and charter schools, including attached preschools to develop an IPM plan.

The rule (R392-200) carries the weight of law, is effective immediately, and is enforced by local health departments. Click here to learn more about the rule.

SIPM

The Utah State University Utah Pests Program houses the Utah School IPM Program. The Utah School IPM Program supports school staff across Utah in learning about IPM basics for schools, developing a school IPM plan, and continuing training and education on IPM principles. Click here to learn about the many benefits of school IPM by school adminstrators across Utah.


The Program also coordinates the Utah Coalition for IPM in Schools, which works closely with collaborators from the school, health, academic and commercial sectors to teach schools how to manage pests safely and effectively. Contact Ryan Davis at ryan.davis@usu.edu or 435-797-2435 to join the Utah Coalition for IPM in Schools. Click here to subscribe to the Utah School IPM Newsletter.

As a parent of a child in school, you can encourage your school to use IPM strategies. Often parents can provide the most influential voice on issues regarding school policies. Getting IPM into your child’s school or even the entire district can begin at the grass roots level by organizing concerned parents.

If your school or school district is not currently using IPM, the following process can help you initiate IPM.

  1. Educate Yourself About IPM
  2. Get the Parent/Teacher Association (PTA) involved
  3. Get the IPM program up and running.

The easiest way for parents to become involved is to contact the School IPM Program at USU and discuss ways they can become involved. Contact Ryan Davis at ryan.davis@usu.edu or 435-797-2435 for more details. 

  • Plan a meeting with school staff (school nurse, teacher, and physical education teacher) before school starts to review the Asthma Action Plan and your child’s asthma symptoms, triggers, and medications.
  • Keep in touch. Continue talking with your child and school staff about managing asthma at school on a regular basis. Talk with school staff if your child misses school and assignments.