By next school year, all school boards across Ontario will be required to have policies in place to improve the safety of students with anaphylaxis, asthma, diabetes and epilepsy. Boards will be required to provide students that have medical conditions with a plan of care, which outlines contacts and procedures tailored to the individual needs of the student.
The province has worked in collaboration with education partners and health-based organizations, including The Lung Association – Ontario, Asthma Canada, Food Allergy Canada, Epilepsy Ontario, the Canadian Paediatric Society, and Diabetes Canada. These partners have also assisted in developing educational resources that will support training for educators and help raise awareness about medical conditions in schools.
Supporting the physical health and well-being of students, educators and staff is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
“This is an important first step in supporting the well-being of students with medical conditions. This collaborative approach will bring all partners together — including The Lung Association – Ontario, Asthma Canada, Food Allergy Canada, Epilepsy Ontario and Diabetes Canada, the Ministries of Education and Health and Long-Term Care — so that student safety is prioritized.”
“The Prevalent Medical Conditions Policy Program Memorandum will support consistent implementation of Ryan’s Law in all schools across Ontario, saving lives and providing parents with assurance their children will be safe in school.”
“Having policies, individualized care plans and training for staff will help improve the situation for many students and their families. At the same time, there’s still more work to be done to ensure equitable support across Ontario, which is why Diabetes Canada will continue its advocacy role for children with diabetes.”
“The new PPM provides a means to review and enhance key measures already in place through Sabrina’s Law for students at risk for anaphylaxis. It is an important step forward to further support the 138,000 students in Ontario with food allergies.”
“With approximately 1 in 5 kids living with asthma, we too easily forget that it can be a very dangerous disease, particularly for kids who don’t have ready access to their inhalers. Ryan’s Law was introduced to eliminate those gaps in support. Today’s announcement is an important step further. By ensuring consistent school board policies across Ontario, including individual Plans of Care for students with asthma, we’re making the aims of Ryan’s Law a reality…raising awareness, strengthening supports for students, and saving lives.”