Supporting Friends, Fellow Students And Staff With Asthma

Minsthorpe Community College

More than five million people in the UK today have asthma – so the odds are that you live, work, travel or study with at least one of them. There is currently no cure for asthma, and around three people a day die from an asthma attack.

There are a number of practical things we can do to support people with asthma. In College there have been a number of instances where the use of aerosols and pump action sprays have triggered asthma attacks in students. After careful consideration we have taken the decision to ban aerosols and pump action sprays from the College site from Monday 3rd June 2019.

This change will only apply to aerosols and pump action sprays – students can continue to use roll on deodorants. We are pleased that the vast majority of students meet their responsibilities and ‘Behave the Minsthorpe Way’ day in and day out and will adhere to this new consideration of others.

Unfortunately, a small number of students may choose not to meet these clear responsibilities on repeated occasions. If students are seen using aerosols or pump actions sprays on the College site after half term, we will follow the existing confiscation rules currently in place for jewellery and mobile phones. A reminder of these are below:

  • The first occasion when a student’s aerosol is confiscated, it will be kept securely in the Finance Office and may be collected by the student at the end of the day. Students will be expected to show their planner as identification.
  • The second (or future) occasion when a student’s aerosol is confiscated, it will be taken to the Finance Office and must be collected by a parent/carer (who needs to be a contact on our records – in order to protect your child’s item). A text will be sent to alert you.

Students have been made aware of this change in P&A time this week.

Thank you in anticipation of your support and ask that you discuss the importance of ‘Behaving the Minsthorpe Way’ with your child.

Yours sincerely,

Mr M Gilmore

Mrs R Merritt