Flags Alert Communities to Daily Air Quality Conditions
(August 21, 2015)
Asthma is one of the most common chronic disorders in childhood, currently affecting 100,000 children in Wisconsin, and is one of the main reasons that students miss school due to illness.
As we begin a new school year, the American Lung Association in Wisconsin has free tools to help create a healthy environment for all children – including those with asthma.
This year we’re very excited to offer a program designed to raise awareness of daily air quality conditions in your community. The EPA School Flag Program provides schools with a set of colored flags that correspond with the Air Quality Index. Raise a colored flag each day to educate students, staff and the community about healthy air and air quality conditions that might require special action on behalf of children with asthma. Colored flags, toolkits and air quality index curriculum are available for free to interested schools.
The Lung Association is also happy to offer an additional free resource for kids with asthma:
Living with Asthma: Families Speak. Four Wisconsin families talk about their experience with asthma in this DVD. Complimentary copies are available to use during asthma education and/or send home to families of children with asthma.
Additionally, each year, the American Lung Association honors elementary, middle and high schools across the country that have created healthy learning environments by adopting asthma-friendly policies and practices through the Asthma Friendly Schools Initiative Champion Awards.
We’d like to invite Wisconsin schools with asthma initiatives to submit your school for national recognition. Applications are due September 30, 2015 and winners will be announced in Mid-October through a national press release.