Ontario’s vision is to support the well-being of all children and students, and so the ministry is committed to moving forward on a comprehensive policy to address prevalent medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, anaphylaxis and epilepsy in Ontario schools.
Asthma is described as a chronic inflammatory disease of the airway. When in the presence of triggers, the airways react by narrowing or obstructing which can make breathing difficult.
Ryan’s Law will require all schools boards to have an asthma policy in place to support students with asthma.
Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that can be life threatening; it requires avoidance strategies and immediate response in the event of an emergency.
An Act to Protect Anaphylactic Pupils: Sabrina's Law came into force on January 1, 2006, and is the first legislation of its kind anywhere in the world. This law ensures all school boards have policies or procedures in place to address anaphylaxis in schools, which includes providing instruction to staff and guidance on the administration of medication.