How asthma-friendly is your school?
Children with asthma need proper support at school to keep their
asthma under control and be fully active. Use the questions below
to find out how well your school assists children with asthma:
- Is your school free of tobacco smoke all of the time, including
during school-sponsored events?
- Does the school maintain good indoor air quality?
- Does it reduce or eliminate allergens and irritants that can
make asthma worse? Allergens and irritants include pets with fur or
feathers, mold, dust mites (for example, in carpets and
upholstery), cockroaches, and strong odors or fumes from such
products as pesticides, paint, perfumes, and cleaning
- Is there a school nurse in your school all day, every day? If
not, is a nurse regularly available to the school to help write
plans and give guidance for students with asthma about medicines,
physical education, and field trips?
- Can children take medicines at school as recommended by their
doctor and parents?
- May children carry their own asthma medicines?
- Does your school have an emergency plan for taking care of a
child with a severe asthma episode (attack)?
- Is it made clear what to do? Who to call? When to call?
- Does someone teach school staff about asthma, asthma management
plans, and asthma medicines?
- Does someone teach all students about asthma and how to help a
classmate who has it?
- Do students have good options for fully and safely
participating in physical education class and recess? (For example,
do students have access to their medicine before exercise? Can they
choose modified or alternative activities when medically
If the answer to any question is no, students may be facing
obstacles to asthma control. Asthma out of control can hinder a
student's attendance, participation, and progress in school. School
staff, health professionals, and parents can work together to
remove obstacles and to promote students' health and education.
Contact the organizations listed below for information about
asthma and helpful ideas for making school policies and practices
more asthma-friendly. Federal and State laws are there to help
children with asthma..
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
P.O. Box 30105
Bethesda, MD 20824-0105
NAEPP materials include:
2751 Prosperity Avenue, Suite 150
Fairfax, VA 22031 (800) 878-4403 or (703)
611 East Wells Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(800) 822-ASMA or (414) 272-6071
141 Northwest Point Boulevard
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
(800) 433-9016 or (847) 228-5005
85 West Algonquin Road, Suite 550
Arlington Heights, IL 60005 (800) 842-7777
or (847) 427-1200
1125 15th Street, N.W., Suite 502
Washington, DC 20005
(800) 7-ASTHMA or (202) 466-7643
79 Elmore Street
Newton, MA 02159-1137
Mary E. Switzer Building 330 C Street,
Washington, DC 20202-1328
(800) 421-3481 or (202) 205-5413
Indoor Environments Division 401 M Street,
Washington, DC 20460
Indoor Air Quality Information
National Institutes of
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provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
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