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National Asthma Education and Prevention Program
School Asthma Education Subcommittee

How Asthma-Friendly Is Your School? Checklist

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:

Yes No 1. Is your school free of tobacco smoke at all times, including during school-sponsored events?
Yes No 2. Does the school maintain good indoor air quality? Does it reduce or eliminate allergens and irritants that can make asthma worse? Check if any of the following are present:
      Dust mites (commonly found in humid climates in pillows, carpets, upholstery, and stuffed toys)
      Pets with fur or feathers
      Strong odors or fumes from art and craft supplies, pesticides, paint, perfumes, air fresheners, and cleaning chemicals
Yes No 3. Is there a school nurse in your school all day, every day? If not, is a nurse regularly available to help the school write plans and give the school guidance on medicines, physical education, and field trips for students with asthma?
Yes No 4. Can children take medicines at school as recommended by their doctor and parents? May children carry their own asthma medicines?
Yes No 5. Does your school have a written, individualized emergency plan for each child in case of a severe asthma episode (attack)? Does the plan make clear what action to take? Whom to call? When to call?
Yes No 6. 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?
Yes No 7. 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 necessary?)

If the answer to any question is "no," students in your school may be facing obstacles to asthma control. Uncontrolled asthma can hinder a student's attendance, participation, and progress in school. School staff, health professionals, and parents can work together to remove obstacles and promote students' health and education.

Contact the organizations listed for information about asthma and helpful ideas for making school policies and practices more asthma-friendly. Federal and State laws are in place to help children with asthma.

Asthma can be controlled; expect nothing less.

Resource Organizations for Parents and School Staff

National Asthma Education and Prevention Program
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Information Center
P.O. Box 30105
Bethesda, MD 20824-0105
Telephone: (301) 592 - 8573

NAEPP materials include:

  • Managing Asthma: A Guide for Schools
  • Asthma Awareness Curriculum for the Elementary Classroom
  • Asthma and Physical Activity in the School
  • Making a Difference: Asthma Management in the School (video)

Allergy and Asthma Network/Mothers of Asthmatics, Inc.
2751 Prosperity Avenue, Suite 150
Fairfax, VA 22031
Telephone: (800) 878 - 4403 or (703) 641 - 9595

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
611 East Wells Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Telephone: (800) 822 - ASMA or (414) 272 - 6071

American Academy of Pediatrics
141 Northwest Point Boulevard
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
Telephone: (800) 433 - 9016 or (847) 228 - 5005

American Association for Respiratory Care
11030 Ables Lane
Dallas, TX 75229-4593
Telephone: (972) 243 - 2272

American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
85 West Algonquin Road, Suite 550
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Telephone: (800) 842 - 7777 or (847) 427 - 1200

American Lung Association
Telephone: (800) LUNG - USA

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
1233 20th Street, N.W., Suite 402
Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: (800) 7 - ASTHMA or (202) 466 - 7643

Healthy Kids: The Key to Basics
Educational Planning for Students With Asthma and Other Chronic Health Conditions
79 Elmore Street
Newton, MA 02159 - 1137
Telephone: (617) 965 - 9637

National Association of School Nurses
111 Cantril street
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Telephone: (303) 663-0403

National Education Association
Health Information Network
1201 16th street, NW, Suite 521
Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: (202) 822-7570

U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights, Customer Service Team
Mary E. Switzer Building, 330 C Street, S.W.
Washington, DC 20202-1328
Telephone: (800) 421 - 3481 or (202) 205 - 5413

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Indoor Environments Division
401 M Street, S.W. (6604J)
Washington, DC 20460
Telephone: (202) 233 -9370
Indoor Air Quality Information Clearinghouse
Telephone: (800) 438 - 4318

Special thanks to members of and consultants to the NAEPP School Asthma Education Subcommittee, representing the following organizations, for their contributions in developing this document: Allergy and Asthma Network/Mothers of Asthmatics, Inc.; American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology; American Academy of Pediatrics; American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance; American Association for Respiratory Care; American Lung Association; American Medical Association; American Public Health Association; American School Health Association; Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Healthy Kids: The Key to Basics; National Association of Elementary School Principals; National Association of School Nurses; National Education Association Health Information Network; National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences; National School Boards Association, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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