Goal 1: Establish a process to identify students with asthma
- Take home all school forms related to asthma and have your parent/guardian complete and return the information to the school.
- Tell your teacher(s), coaches, school volunteers, trip supervisors and classmates that you have asthma.
Goal 2: Allow students with asthma easy access to their inhalers.
- Have your parent/guardian and doctor complete the school medication form so you can carry your own inhaler at school. Make sure to return the completed form to school.
- Get an Asthma Action Plan from your doctor/asthma care professional with clear instructions on when to take your medication. Share it with your teacher(s).
- Have your reliever inhaler with you at all times or know where it is stored and how to get it.
- Know how and when to use your asthma inhaler.
- Know how and when to use your asthma medication safely.
- Make sure your medication has your name on it.
- Do not share your medication with friends.
- Know when your medication is empty and you need a new one.
- Tell your parent and teacher every time you take your medication.
- Tell your teacher if you are uncomfortable with taking your own medication and need help
Goal 3: Establish a school wide process for handling worsening asthma.
- Return your completed Student Asthma Management Plan to your teacher so that he/she knows:
- Your triggers.
- Your medications and when you need it.
- What to do when your asthma gets worse.
- Tell your teacher(s), coaches, school volunteers, trip supervisors and classmates about your asthma and what to do if your asthma gets worse, including where your reliever (fast-acting) medication is kept.
Goal 4: Identify and reduce common asthma triggers within the school environment.
- Know what triggers your asthma (what makes your asthma worse) and have a plan for handling them.
- Examples of common triggers include: viral infections, exercise, strong smells (markers, perfume, aftershave), chalk dust, furry animals, freshly cut grass, pollen, very hot or cold temperatures, smog.
Goal 5: Students with asthma should participate in activities to the best of their ability.
- Let your teacher know if exercise makes your asthma worse (trigger).
- Tell them when your asthma is bothering you.
- Be prepared to participate in all physical activities like recess and sports:
- Warm-up before physical activities (recess and sports).
- Cool down after physical activities (recess and sports).
- Make sure you or your teacher have your blue reliever inhaler nearby.
- If a specific activity or exercise is a trigger for you, take your blue (fast-acting) reliever inhaler 15 minutes before the activity (if indicated by parents and/or health care professional).
- Be prepared for field trips:
- Carry your blue (fast-acting) reliever inhaler with you or make sure your teacher has it on all school field trips.
- Talk to your teacher about possible triggers and how to manage them.
- Think about what you would do if you experienced asthma symptoms while on the school field trip, including while getting there (e.g.bus).
- Know the signs and symptoms of worsening asthma and what to do if your asthma gets worse.
- Wear your Medic Alert bracelet if you have one.
Goal 6: Provide school personnel, parents and student body opportunities to gain a general understanding of asthma.
- Learn more about asthma by:
Goal 7: Collaborate with families, health care professionals, and school personnel to create asthma friendly schools.