Back to School with Asthma Checklist

For the 2021-2022 School Year, parents of children with asthma should consult their child’s asthma care provider about COVID risk, masking and other precautions to take. Here are a few other key steps to keep your child healthy this school year:

  • Discuss with the school the actions they are putting into place this school year to prevent COVID infections, such as masking, social distancing, ventilation and cleaning practices.
  • Learn your school's asthma policies and asthma emergency procedures. Ask if your child is allowed to self-carry their quick-relief inhaler. Ask if they stock quick-relief inhalers for your child to use if there is an emergency. Ask who gets notified if your child experiences symptoms and needs treatment during the school day. 
  • Find out if your child can carry medications while at school. If so, fill out any required forms to ensure quick access to your child’s live-saving medicine.
  • Review your child’s Asthma Action Plan with their healthcare provider. Don’t have an Asthma Action Plan? Develop one with your child's doctor and make sure you and your child know what to do when symptoms start.
  • Talk to your school nurse and your child's teacher about your child's asthma and review their Asthma Action Plan with them.
  • Mark all asthma medicines that you plan to send to school with your child's name and complete instructions on how the medicine should be used.
  • Provide the school with your emergency contact information and at least two back-up individuals.

Page last updated: July 30, 2021

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