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Creating Asthma Friendly Schools

Asthma is a leading chronic illness among school age children and one of the leading causes of school absenteeism. Schools with asthma-friendly policies and coordinating services among health care providers, school personnel and families support students with asthma by providing a healthy learning environment. Students with asthma have unique care needs. Asthma is not curable, but it is controllable with proper management.

National Asthma Education and Prevention Program’s Expert Panel Report 3: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma (NAEPP EPR-3) are guidelines for providing high quality asthma care. Schools play an essential part of a student managing their asthma through a well-coordinated asthma management program.

How schools provide quality care for students who have asthma

  • Prepared to handle asthma emergencies

  • Create an environment with fewer asthma triggers

  • Promote education and partnerships that support good asthma control

Resources for a School Asthma Program

  • Managing Asthma: A Guide for Schools - National Institute of Health has action items for the management of asthma, roles and responsibilities for school personnel and tools for asthma management and connection with and community. Click here for more information.

  • School-Based Asthma Management Program SAMPROTM – American Academy of Allergy & Immunology provides information websites and resources for school nurses, education administrators, clinicians, or healthcare administrators who are interested in implementing the School-based Asthma Management Program at their school or organization.

Strategies for Addressing Asthma in Schools – Center for Disease Control and Prevention has a comprehensive approach to school health. The model centers on youth and coordinates policy, processes and practice.  Asthma management are based on the NAEPP EPR-3 Guidelines. Click here to for more information.

Page Updated: 10/25/2017