Alberta School Board Association Anaphylaxis Policy Advisory and Allergy and Anaphylaxis Informational Response (AAIR)
The Alberta School Board Association recognized the need for a consistent approach to dealing with severe allergies (anaphylaxis) in the school setting. A committee was formed in 2006 with representation from a diverse group including the Alberta School Board Association, Alberta Education, Allergy/Asthma Information Association, Alberta Asthma Centre, Alberta Health, a school teacher, a school administrator, a pediatric allergist and member of the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, an adult with anaphylaxis and parent of a child with anaphylaxis.
The committee determined that an anaphylaxis policy advisory would be the best approach to meet the objective of a safe and caring school environment for students with severe allergies.
Upon completion of the anaphylaxis policy advisory in September 2007, a resource package was developed and sent to all schools in Alberta, including public, separate, Francophone, charter, and private schools. Approximately 2500 resource kits were mailed out by Alberta Education in April 2008. The resource kit, named Allergy and Anaphylaxis Informational Response (AAIR) contains information and posters about anaphylaxis and asthma. The Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology's Anaphylaxis in Schools and Other Settings (2005) which was used as a resource in developing the policy advisory has been included in each kit. An EpiPen® and Twinject® trainer and training CD were also enclosed. AAIA's Anaphylaxis and Asthma: The Facts brochures were included in all kits. Bilingual information was provided, and AAIA's French brochures were sent to Alberta's Francophone schools.
For further information about the ASBA Anaphylaxis Policy Advisory and the AAIR resource kit, please visit Alberta Education's website at education.alberta.ca/aair, or contact Lilly Byrtus, AAIA Prairies/NWT/Nunavut Region at or 1-866-456-6651.