Asthma Policy for Schools

Guide to Asthma Policy for Housing and Schools

The school environment is a regular setting in the lives of many children nationwide. Students and school staff are exposed to a wide variety of possible asthma triggers that can have a negative impact for those diagnosed with having asthma.

The American Lung Association’s Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative was created to provide a comprehensive approach to asthma management in schools. Check out these resources from the Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative Toolkit for additional information on asthma policy in schools:

How does your state rank on school health policies and practices? Visit the School Health Profiles 2010 to learn more.

Asthma management in schools can be addressed through a two-pronged approach: creating a comprehensive asthma management plan and establishing an environmental assessment plan. The guidance provided below reflect the strategies agreed upon in the Joint Statement for Improving Asthma Management in Schools, supported by school and health-based national organizations collaborating to ensure a healthy learning environment for all students. Here are proven strategies and accompanying tools that can help your school become asthma-friendly.


expandCreate an Asthma Management Plan

All school systems should adopt and implement a comprehensive plan for the management of asthma that is based on current research and best practices.


expandSupport an Asthma-Friendly School Environment

All school systems should adopt and implement an environmental assessment and management plan.