June 24, 2022: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has listed Fairfield, Hartford, New London, Middlesex, Tolland, and Windham Counties in Low/Green the as part of its COVID-19 Community Levels Map. Only Litchfield, Middlesex and New Haven County are listed in the Medium/Yellow category. Residents who live in the Medium /Yellow counties who are at a high risk for severe illness, should talk to their health care provider about whether to wear a mask and take other precautions. These residents should stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines and get tested if they have symptoms. Visit the CDC COVID-19 Community Levels Map for updates.

Asthma in Schools

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School-Based Asthma Survey
School nurse supervisors, school nurses and Health Service Directors can find current information about the State School-based Asthma Surveillance System, reporting instructions and training opportunities.  Click here to see the Connecticut School-Based Asthma Surveillance Report 2021.

Asthma Management in Schools

Asthma that is not well managed can result in school absences, disruptions in the classroom, reduced participation in school activities, and medical emergencies. All of these outcomes, as stated above, can contribute to poor academic achievement.

                              

The CDC has developed two guides with regards to asthma management in schools.  For staff/school personnel, see Managing Asthma in Schools:  A Guide for Schools. For parents, see Managing Asthma in Schools:  A Guide for Parents.  These guides are references that can be integrated into school environments for each group of school personnel. There are separate text sections for the school administrator, school medical advisor, school nurse, and school staff, including teachers, coaches and custodians as well as information for families. Most sections include additional materials for reference, handouts or examples. 

 

toolsThe IAQ Tools for Schools Program is a comprehensive resource to help schools maintain a healthy environment in school buildings by identifying, correcting, and preventing IAQ problems. Poor indoor air quality can impact the comfort and health of students and staff, which, in turn, can affect concentration, attendance, and student performance. In addition, if schools fail to respond promptly to poor IAQ, students and staff are at an increased risk of short-term health problems, such as fatigue and nausea, as well as long-term problems like asthma.

The Air Quality Flag Program developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and is a program for schools to notify school staff, students, and parents about local outdoor air quality. A designated person at the school will raise a brightly colored flag each day based on that day's forecast.

The American Lung Association's Asthma Friendly Schools Initiative is a powerful public health project that has the potential to positively impact the millions of American students with asthma.  Its success relies on collaborative efforts among schools, community agencies and leaders, and a planning process that considers virtually every factor that can influence its success.

Strategies for Addressing Asthma in Schools developed by the CDC and the National Center for Environmental Health Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects is a tool that addresses asthma-related management in schools such as providing asthma education and linking students to medical care.  

More Resources for School Staff:

Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child:  Learn about Connecticut's coordinated school health.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):  Find information about healthy school environments.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):  Learn about asthma and schools as well as read about success stories of state's with asthma-friendly schools.

Healthy Schools Network:  Learn about the Coalition for Healthier Schools.

American Lung Association:  Learn about Clean Air At School.

American Association of School Administrators (AASA):  Find asthma resources for school leaders

National Asthma Educator Certification Board:  Find an asthma educator or learn how you can become a certified asthma educator.

Asthma Educator Institute:  Those who qualify to take the National Asthma Educator Certification Board (NAECB) examination, learn more about the American Lung Association's (ALA) 2-day prep course for the exam.

AAFA's 2019 State Honor Roll Asthma and Allergy Policies for Schools