Why Use OAS

The American Lung Association, the National Asthma Education Prevention Program (NAEPP), the Environmental Protection Agency and other asthma experts have all recognized that asthma management education is an important part of making schools asthma-friendly . The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all schools provide asthma education programs for students and school staff.

Open Airways For Schools is the most widely recognized asthma management program for children in the nation. Since being introduced over a decade ago, Open Airways For School has reached hundreds of thousands of children with asthma in more than 40,000 elementary schools across the country.

The program has been approved and recommended by the National Association of School Nurses, and honored with a Health Education Research Award from the National Asthma Education Prevention Program (NAEPP). It has also been cited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a program proven to be very effective for childhood asthma management.

The Open Airways For Schools program has been evaluated and proven effective. Evaluation studies done by different researchers over the years have all shown that children who participate in Open Airways for Schools:

  • Have fewer and less severe asthma attacks.
  • Improve their academic performance.
  • Have more confidence in their ability to take steps to manage their asthma.
  • Exert greater influence on their parents' asthma management decisions.

Because the Open Airways For Schools curriculum and materials are complete, easy-to-use, and include standardized training for instructors, the quality and consistency of the program remains high. 

The benefits of Open Airways For Schools for school personnel include:

  • decreased absenteeism
  • fewer asthma emergencies
  • improved classroom performance
  • increased participation in physical activity
  • low-cost, turn-key program materials and training
  • access to the resources and support of the American Lung Association

The benefits of the Open Airways for Schools program for parents include:

  • increased asthma knowledge and self-confidence
  • improved communication about asthma with child and with school
  • fewer asthma emergencies
  • improved classroom performance
  • increased participation in physical activity
  • classes built into the school day