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Asthma is the leading cause of serious chronic illness in children. The chronic inflammatory nature of the disease requires ongoing assessment of control and the ability to effectively educate the student and family in daily and emergency aspects of care. Asthma affects an average of 10% of children nationally. However, in many of CT’s classrooms that rate climbs to 1 in every 5 or 6 students, especially in our larger urban areas. Poorly controlled asthma negatively impacts academic achievement by increased absenteeism, spending more time in the health office/less time in class, poorer quality of sleep, and decreased activity tolerance.
Some Keys to Effective Asthma Management in Schools:
To request a district or regional program on Overcoming Barriers to Effective Management of Asthma in School, complete the Connecticut State Department of Education Cadre of Nursing Trainers Professional Development Request Form.
Additional Asthma-Related Resources for Schools
Connecticut Department of Public Health Asthma Program Resources
- Electronic Asthma Action Plans
- The 2012 CT Asthma Burden Report
- Patient Education Handouts
- Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Tools for Schools
- Becoming a Certified Asthma Educator (AE-C)
Asthma Care: Quick-Reference
Guidelines from the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program
Mastering the Metered-Dose Inhaler: An Essential Step Toward Improving Asthma Control in School
Article published in the NASN School Nurse journal [ASNC members can access full-text articles. Visit NASN for details.]
Working with Schools to Improve Pediatric Asthma Management
Article published in the Pediatric Asthma, Allergy & Immunology journal
Little AIR program provides free asthma education and home environmental supplies in the greater Middlesex area.
Putting on Airs provides free home visits for asthma education and environmental interventions, based out of most of Connecticut;s regional health departments.
Sample School Forms
Asthma Action Plan & School Medication Authorization
Designed for ease of use by prescribers and provides comprehensive information for the school nurse to be an empowered member of the student’s health care/asthma team.
Form Letter requesting Asthma Action Plan
Asthma Control Report: For Family and Health Care Provider
Provides a comprehensive summary of any student’s asthma control for use by their healthcare provider and parent/guardian.