School Asthma

Children can spend a third of their day or more in schools and/or child care settings. During their time at school, students, teachers, and staff can be exposed numerous asthma triggers, affecting their ability to learn, teach, and be productive. Many schools and child care settings with the highest prevalence of asthma are often those located in communities with the fewest resources. To effectively address asthma in schools and child care settings, strategies should include improved asthma management and education of children, families, health care providers and educators; improving indoor air quality in classrooms; and changing institutional practices and policies such as those governing asthma medications and indoor air quality. These strategies can improve the educational experience of students and staff, which can ultimately have positive impacts on their overall health and social outcomes. This section provides information and strategies related to utilizing the school setting to reduce asthma disparities.