Schools, Childcare Settings, and Coaches

Children spend a majority of their days at school, in childcare, or in after school sports and activities. Many of these children may be suffering from asthma.

There are several things that schools, childcare settings, and coaches can do to ensure the health and safety of students with asthma, including:

  • Identify students with asthma.
  • Learn the signs and symptoms of an asthma attack or worsening asthma.
  • Check the Daily Air Quality particularly on high VOG days.
  • Have asthmatic students create an Asthma Action Plan with their doctor or health care provider.

For health questions related to your student’s school, please contact a Public Health Nurse in your area.

Check out these educational resources:

  • The Asthma Clipboard Program is a 30-minute online educational program that focuses on identifying students having worsening asthma or an asthma attack, what medications are used and when to use them, ways to prevent exercise induced asthma, and steps to take when athletes are experiencing worsening asthma or asthma attacks.
  • Wee Breathers is a program designed to help healthcare professionals who educate parents of asthmatic children under the age of 7. The goal is to educate parents of asthmatic children on proper management and about common asthma triggers.
  • Asthma 101 is a free 90-minute presentation for school personnel on how to manage a child’s asthma. It covers basic information on asthma, early warning signs and symptoms, asthma triggers and how to avoid them, asthma medications and how to administer them properly, and how to respond to an asthma emergency.
  • Open Airways For Schools is a school-based curriculum that educates and empowers children, ages 8 to 11, to better manage their asthma.
  • Kickin’ Asthma is a school-based curriculum that teaches the basics of asthma and asthma self-management techniques for middle school and high school students in grades 6 to 10. Contact American Lung Association at (808) 537-5966 for more info.