Anaphylaxis in schools

We conducted two related studies to assess the implementation and impact of the new Ontario legislation - An Act to Protect Anaphylactic Students (or “Sabrina’s Law”), by comparing provinces with, and without, legislation.  Currently, Ontario is the only province to use a statutory approach to protecting students with anaphylaxis.  Other Canadian provinces primarily rely on a regulatory approach, i.e., they rely on school boards to establish policies to protect students with anaphylaxis in schools.  The specific objectives of the project were to compare provinces that use a statutory versus a regulatory approach for the following indicators of implementation and effectiveness:

1.  the level of consistency between school board policies and Sabrina’s Law

2.  school personnel’s knowledge and reports of school practices to support students with anaphylaxis

3. the perceptions of students with anaphylaxis and their parents regarding the school as a safe place for students with anaphylaxis and/or their assessment of the steps needed to create such a place  

4. the number of serious allergic/anaphylactic events experienced by students.

Publication: Cicutto, L. et al. (2011) Comparing School Environments With and Without Legislation for the Prevention and Management of Anaphylaxis.  Allergy. 


The Alberta Asthma Centre has worked towards promoting the health and safety of children in schools. We aim to foster a physical and social environment that would enable students with asthma to optimally control their asthma, have a good quality of life and learn effectively.  Creating a supportive environment for students with asthma in schools has progressed over many phases and with growing numbers of partners.