Asthma

Helping Students Manage Asthma in Schools

Children spend around seven hours a day in school, not including before and after school activities. Identifying, reducing and eliminating asthma triggers in the school setting is an important part of keeping asthma well-controlled for students, teachers and staff.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America offers free resources for parents, school administrators, teachers and staff to manage asthma throughout the school year..

COVID-19 and Asthma Toolkit for Schools

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As some schools work to prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, some tactics may impact staff and students with asthma. Our COVID-19 and Asthma Toolkit for Schools provides supplemental guidance to help schools as they develop their policies and procedures.

Food Allergy Tips for Schools
Tips and Articles
School Guides and Handouts
Free Downloads and Other Resources

 
Webinar Videos
Videos and Webinar Archives
School Guidelines and Laws
Guidelines, Laws and Recommendations
for School Policies and Staff Training

Tips and Articles

How COVID-19 Could Affect School Health Care Plans for Asthma and Allergiesnew-burst
Children with asthma and food allergies returning to school for in-person learning will need to have a school health care plan. Learn about the different types of plans and how COVID-19 policies could affect how asthma and allergies are managed in school.

Cleaning Your Hands With Soap Vs. Hand Sanitizer: What Is Best to Protect Yourself From COVID-19 and Other Illnesses?new-burst
Keeping your hands clean is vital as the new coronavirus continues to spread. What's the best way to keep your hands clean? Learn about proper hand-cleaning techniques, safe and unsafe hand sanitizers, and a fun way to make sure you are getting your hands clean.

Are Asthma and Allergies Disabilities?
Learn how your child is protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act if they have asthma and allergies and how it can work for you.

Back-to-School: Students and Asthma Inhalers
Every state has a policy that allows your child to carry their quick-relief medicines while at school. But you will need to have forms so your child can do so. Learn more information letting your child carry inhalers at school. 

September Asthma Epidemic
Just after school starts, September has the highest number of asthma hospitalizations. Read about the September Asthma Epidemic and how you can help your child avoid flare-ups. 

What Forms Do You Need for School If Your Child Has Asthma?
An important part of sending your child back to school is making sure you give the school all the right forms. See our checklist of recommended forms.

ACT for Asthma and Allergy
There are three important aspects of asthma and allergy management: having an action plan, carrying medicines and having a medical ID, and following a treatment plan. You and your child can make a pact to ACT for asthma and allergy to manage their conditions and prevent medical emergencies.

Free Downloads and Other Resources

COVID-19 and Asthma Toolkit for Schoolsnew-burst (printable PDF)COVID-19 and Asthma Toolkit for Schools
As some schools work to prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, some tactics may impact staff and students with asthma. Our COVID-19 and Asthma Toolkit for Schools provides supplemental guidance to help schools as they develop their policies and procedures.

 

Is It COVID-19, the Flu, a Cold, Allergies or Asthma?new-burst (printable PDF)Is It COVID-19, the Flu, a Cold, Allergies or Asthma?
There are some symptoms that are similar between COVID-19, a cold, the flu, seasonal allergies and asthma. Use our symptom comparison chart to help determine if staff or a student may be feeling symptoms of asthma, allergies or a respiratory illness like COVID-19, the flu or a cold. You will also find tips on how to help stop the spread of the new coronavirus. (Available in English and Spanish.)

Ally & Andy’s Asthma and Allergy Activity Book

Ally & Andy’s Asthma and Allergy Activity Book (printable PDF)

This coloring and activity book gives children and families a fun way for children to learn common asthma triggers. It also helps them learn how to manage their asthma and food allergies. 

 

 

 

 

Asthma Action Plan Asthma Action Plan (printable PDF)

This plan has information and instructions on how to manage your asthma. Asthma Action Plans tell school staff and other caregivers about your child’s asthma. You can give it to teachers, school nurses and after-school care staff.

 

 

 

Medicine Bags 

Keep your child’s asthma medicines organized and easy to carry with AAFA medicine bags. All kids have a right to self-carry their asthma rescue medicines. If you want them to self-carry their medicines, get forms signed by your child’s doctor and give them to the school in advance.

QuickAsthma Cards (printable PDFs)

Quick Asthma CardsQuickAsthma Cards offer a fast way for you to learn life-saving information. You can put them in your child’s backpack or binder. Give copies to caregivers, teachers and family members.
QuickAsthma Spacers Card 
QuickAsthma Peak Flow Card 
QuickAsthma Inhalers Card 
QuickAsthma Nebulizers Card  

QuickReport Card Quick Report Cards

QuickReport Card help you make environments better for those with asthma or allergies. This card is great for parents, school staff and caregivers. 

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Tackle Asthma Playbook (printable PDF)Tackle Asthma Playbook

AAFA partnered with running back Rashad Jennings to create this game plan so your child can stay active and healthy with asthma. Follow these steps to stay ahead of your asthma and stay active.

 

 

Your Guide To Managing Asthma (printable PDF)Your Guide to Managing Asthma

We created this guide to help you know more about managing your child’s asthma. Learn about causes, triggers, symptoms, treatment and more. 

 

 

 

Student Asthma Action Card Download PDFStudent Asthma Card

The Student Asthma Action Card is great tool to give to your child’s school about asthma management. It has sections for asthma triggers, daily medicines and emergency directions. 

 

 

 

 

Child Care Asthma/Allergy Action Card Download PDFChild Care Asthma Card

This card has information you need to care for your young child with asthma or allergies. The card has sections for information about a medication plan and a list of your child’s signs and symptoms. It also has steps on how to handle asthma and allergy emergencies.

 

Videos (Webinar Archives)

Back to School with Asthma and Food Allergies (July 2014)
David Stukus, MD, and Michael Pistiner, MD, MMSc, talk about preparing to send your child to school. They also discuss how your allergist can help with back-to-school planning. 
 

 

Guidelines, Laws and Recommendations for Schools

COVID-19 and Asthma Toolkit for Schools
This toolkit and resource guide is designed to help schools create environments that help protect students and staff with asthma while preventing the spread of the new coronavirus (SARS-C0V-2) that causes COVID-19.

Take Action: Protect Students With Asthma and Allergies (September 2020)
The House passed the School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act (H.R. 2468)! The Senate will be voting on it next. Learn how you can contact your senator about this bill that would put important protections in place for children with asthma and allergies. 

Are Asthma and Allergies Disabilities?
Learn how your child is protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act if they have asthma and allergies and how it can work for you.

School-Based Asthma Management Program – (SAMPRO™)
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) led a stakeholder workforce that included AAFA to create SAMPRO™. AAFA officially endorses this program. This toolkit was created to improve the care of students with asthma at school. It includes resources to help your child’s school adopt SAMPRO. Share this toolkit with your child’s administration and school nurse.

 

 

State Honor Roll from Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) 
This is an annual report by AAFA to help identify states with the most comprehensive public policies supporting people with asthma, food allergies, anaphylaxis and related allergic diseases in grade schools. Find out how your state ranks. 

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