A letter template to share your concerns with a student's health care provider when a student's asthma is not under control:

This 3-Part Video Series is designed to help create a safer learning environment for students with severe allergies. The three programs are designed to empower parents to partner with their child’s school nurse and create an action plan that promotes allergen avoidance and has a clear course of action when it comes to emergency response.

Attorney Laurel Francoeur answers questions from parents about Section 504 Plans for school accommodations of food allergy disability.


Ventolin hfa 60-dose quick-relief inhaler

This 60-dose quick-relief inhaler is only available at Target (now CVS pharmacy) with a prescription.  This inhaler can be a less expensive inhaler option for those who have well-controlled asthma and are not needing to use their quick-relief inhaler very often.  The retail price fluctuates, but is currently under $25 without any insurance (cash price).  With insurance the price can be much less.

If a quick-relief inhaler is needed for exercise pre-treatment, a 200-dose inhaler may be more economical.  This information is NOT intended to replace healthcare provider - please consult a healthcare provider for medical questions.

Nebraska's School Health program manager:

HELPING CHILDREN LIVE BETTER LIVES by... providing consultation and training services to schools, school health professionals, and agencies serving children and families, in order to promote health and educational success for all Nebraska children.  

This position is a fantastic resource and provides a wealth of information

for schools & families in the realm of school health. 

Carol is always happy to assist.

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A series of "how to" videos:

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No one should die from an asthma attack or severe allergic reaction.

Episode 1

talks about the role of school nurses as the healthcare professional and team leader when it comes to preventing anaphylaxis in the learning place and encourages parents to reach out and partner with their child’s school nurse.

EPisode 2

features a real-world example of what a successful partnership between school nurses and parents can do to help create a safer learning environment for students with severe allergies.

episode 3

In Episode 3, we explore how school nurses lead and coordinate emergency response during an anaphylaxis event.

school nurses partnering to avoid and respond to anaphylaxis

Nebulizers - to share or not to share?

Nebraska  schools are required to have a nebulizer compressor, including nebulizer cup, tubing & albuterol for nebulizing, to be in compliance with the Rule 59 protocol, Emergency Response  to Life-Threatening Asthma or Severe Allergic Reactions (Anaphylaxis).

While Nebraska schools are not obligated to share this nebulizer compressor for student use, AIRE Nebraska does encourage schools to share the school's  nebulizer compressor for those students who might need the occasional  use of the nebulizer compressor.  That said, the recommendation of  sharing of the school's compressor is based on the very occasional  usage, not daily or any ongoing regular usage, and the student must supply the medication for nebulizing,  the nebulizer (cup), tubing and mask (if necessary) as the school is not responsible for supplying medication or durable medical equipment to  students.

AIRE  Nebraska would recommend that students needing regular treatments, i.e.  exercise pre-treatment, consult their physician regarding the use of  the inhaler with a valved-holding chamber or, if need be, a  prescription for a compressor to be kept at school for that student's  specific use during the school day.

The school's medications, EpiPen & albuterol for  nebulizing, are there for life-threatening emergencies ONLY and must be used accordingly - EpiPen first, followed by nebulized albuterol!!

Andrea Riley, RN BA BSN
School Health Program Manager
Nebraska State School Nurse Consultant
P.O. Box 95026
Lincoln, NE 68509-5026
Phone: (402) 471-1373  

MOBILE: (402) 314-3292
Fax: (402) 471-7049 


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Thank you for being a school nurse!
This page will also be helpful if your school does not have a school nurse and you are the person in charge of students health care needs.