Schools are an important place to promote health and well-being. About 12% of school-age children in Georgia have asthma. The Asthma Friendly Schools toolkit provides a structure that school districts can use to create a comprehensive approach to asthma management. Comprehensive asthma-friendly school programs include planning tools, school policy recommendations, and asthma self-management education programs.
Students with uncontrolled asthma often miss more school, have lower academic performance, and have poor sleep quality. An asthma-friendly school provides a safe and healthy environment that reduces asthma triggers and maximizes the health, quality of life, and educational outcomes of all children. Schools can support the self-management of asthma in children by adopting policies and procedures that take into account asthma related to the following areas:
- Asthma management and school health services
- Asthma Education (https://www.lung.org/lung-health-diseases/lung-disease-lookup/asthma/as…)
- Healthy school environment
- Comprehensive asthma medication policies and procedures, including the Georgia Albuterol Storage and Administration Act (SB 126 information sheet)
- See Georgia’s school districts, storing emergency medications
For more information on the steps to becoming an asthma-friendly school, see Georgia Toolkit for Asthma.
CDC Healthy Schools
American Lung Association Asthma-Friendly School Initiative
Asthma management in schools
Control of common asthma triggers found in schools
Asthma-friendly schools: related links