For every classroom in Michigan with 30 children in it, two may
have asthma. This chronic
disease causes unnecessary restriction of childhood activities,
and is a leading cause of school absenteeism. Asthma can be
controlled, though, and with proper treatment and support, children
with asthma can lead fully active lives.
Among children 0–17 years old in the United States in 2002:
- 12.2% (8.9 million) had been told by a health professional at some point in their
lives that they had asthma.
- 8.3% (6.1 million) were reported to currently have asthma.
- 5.8% (4.2 million) had an asthma attack in the last 12 months.
Among children 0–17 years old in the United States in 2000:
- 4.6 million had visited doctors' offices and hospital outpatient departments.
- 728,000 visited hospital emergency departments.
- 214,000 were hospitalized due to asthma.
Schools can do their part to control asthma by becoming more "asthma-friendly,"
i.e., adopting policies and procedures, and coordinating student
services to better serve students with asthma.
Asthma in Schools – Tools & Resources
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- Healthy School Assessment Tool (HSAT)
The HSAT is an online assessment to help your school determine
ways to create a healthier school environment. If you represent a Michigan school and want to determine what you can do to
improve your school's health, visit the HSAT website and find out how to complete the assessment.
Friendly Schools Initiative (American Lung Association)
The Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative Toolkit is a planning tool based on real-life activities that have been used in schools throughout the United States to create comprehensive asthma management systems.
- AIM School Packet Project
Health information kits titled "Never Judge a Book by Its Cover, and Other Important Lessons About Asthma" were developed to disseminate accurate asthma information to Michigan schools. The packets are tailored to specific school staff. Click on the links below to find out how very serious asthma can be to a student.
- NHLBI Managing Asthma: A guide for schools
With this guide, you can put a simple-to-follow asthma-friendly program in place in your school. You will be able to brief teachers, coaches, guidance counselors, school nurses, and even the principal on their special role in making your school asthma-friendly.
- Tools for Schools
The Tools for Schools Action Kit provides best practices, industry guidelines, sample policies and a sample IAQ management plan to improve school air at little or no cost.
- Clean School Bus USA
Clean School Bus USA brings together partners from business, education, transportation, and public-health organizations to work toward encouraging policies and practices to: 1) eliminate unnecessary public school bus idling, 2) upgrading ("retrofitting") buses that will remain in the fleet with better emission-control technologies and/or fueling them with cleaner fuels, and 3) replacing the oldest buses in the fleet with new, less-polluting buses.
School Inhaler Law
Legislation allowing Michigan public and nonpublic school children, under certain conditions, to carry and self administer prescribed asthma and allergy medications on school grounds and during school sponsored activities was amended to the Michigan School Code in 2000 and 2004.This ensures that students with asthma and allergies have immediate access to life-saving medications.
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