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Ryan’s Law is new Ontario legislation that came into force in May 2015. It requires all school boards in the province to develop and maintain asthma policies and procedures that help protect students who have asthma. Visit to find out more.


For Parents

With good asthma control, your child should not miss school or daycare because of asthma and should be able to participate fully in activities including sports.

Regular, clear communication with the school and daycare can help your child maintain good asthma control. You can help to prevent asthma problems by talking to your child's teachers or daycare staff and by making sure you child has proper asthma treatment.

Meet with your child's teachers or daycare staff each September and do the following:

    • Provide a copy of your child's Asthma Action Plan and explain what it means

    • List and explain your child's asthma triggers and why it's important to avoid them. Some common triggers in the classroom and daycare include furry animals, dust, mould and strong smells.

    • Show teachers or daycare staff your child's asthma medications and how to use them properly - make sure they are well labeled.

    • Make sure the teachers or daycare staff know which inhaler is the reliever medication that helps in an asthma emergency (usually a blue inhaler).

    • Once a student is old enough, they should be able to carry asthma medications with them at all times.

    • Ask about policies for field trips - with a bit of extra planning most trips should be safe.

    • Make sure your child's teachers or daycare staff know what to do in an emergency and whom to contact.

    • Fill in our Individual Student Asthma Management Plan and bring it to the school or fill in our Child Asthma Management Plan and bring it to the daycare.

For teachers and daycare staff

Teachers and daycare staff can do a lot to help children maintain good asthma control. Children with well-controlled asthma should be able to fully participate in activities, including sports.

There are many things that can be done to help a student with asthma:

    • Ask for a copy of the child's Asthma Action Plan.

    • Meet with the child's parents and have them go over their child’s asthma management plan with you. Discuss any questions you might have with the parents.

    • Ask parents about their child’s asthma triggers - each person with asthma has their own set of triggers. As much as possible, remove asthma triggers from your classroom. Some possible triggers in the classroom or daycare include furry animals, dust, mould and strong smells.

    • Learn about their asthma medications - what they do and what they're for. Learn the difference between a reliever medication (usually in a blue puffer- taken during asthma attacks or before exercise) and a controller medication (usually taken at home every day to control symptoms, but WON'T help in an asthma attack).

    • If needed at school or daycare, remind them to take their medications as scheduled

    • Talk to your class and staff about asthma so they understand it better

    • Know what to do in an asthma emergency and who to call

Warning signs of uncontrolled asthma

Asthma symptoms can sometimes slowly get worse over time. As a teacher or daycare staff with regular exposure to children with asthma, you may notice the early warning signs that asthma is getting out of control in a child. For example, you might notice that a student with asthma is suddenly reluctant to run around at recess, or is coughing more than usual.

Common warning signs that their asthma may be worsening:

You notice any of the usual asthma symptoms: 

    • Short of breath (especially during exercise)

    • Regular cough

    • Wheezing

    • Child is tired because of disturbed sleep from their asthma

    • Trouble exercising or seems reluctant to participate in physical activities

    • Needs to use their reliever inhaler (usually a blue inhaler) more than three times a week

Take note of these symptoms and report them to the child's parents right away. By keeping track of the students' symptoms and reporting them, you can help prevent symptoms from getting worse and reduce the risk of an asthma attack.

To learn about recognizing more severe asthma symptoms, visit Severe Worsening/Asthma Attack.