Asthma Guidelines for Schools
In response to many requests made by school nurses for more information about asthma, we have developed the Asthma Guidelines for Schools. This document is meant to be used as a guide for developing practices and policies that will help the school nurse and health office staff implement "best practice" care for schools. Quest for the Code is an online interactive game that helps children learn how to manage their asthma.
New School Inhaler Program
State legislature HB2208 and subsequent Arizona School Board of Education ruling now make it possible for public and charter schools to administer emergency Albuterol inhalers.
The inhaler regulation, pursuant to A.R.S. 155-158, includes the following provisions:
The annual cost to provide a stock inhaler and spacer or holding chamber to a school is $114. AAC is hosting all the information and online training needed to implement this program in your school.
HB2229 Asthma Rescue Medication Bill
Pupils With Anaphylaxis Carry and Self-Administer Emergency Medications, AZ Statute 15-341.35(a)
School Nurse Asthma Toolkit
The School Nurse’s Tool Kit contains some key points and new information about asthma. It is not intended to be comprehensive and it does not cover all aspects of asthma care and management. In addition to the information contained in the School Nurse’s Tool Kit, we have added several links to asthma action plans. There are many asthma action plans available, but we have given you a few to choose from, in both English and Spanish. Other resources will be added to the web site, so check to see what new tools are available.
ADEQ Air Quality Flag Program
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) instituted a voluntary program in 2004, asking school districts to ban school bus idling near the school building. Diesel emissions from school buses are harmful to everyone, but especially bad for children with asthma. One hundred fifty eight school districts and over 1,000 schools have joined the "No Idling Initiative for Schools." The program instructs drivers to turn off buses when reaching a school and not turn on the the engine until the vehicle is ready to depart. Buses should be parked at least 100 feet from a school air intake system.
ADEQ's Air Quality Flag Program now has more than fifty participating schools. The program uses colored flags to alert students, teachers and parents about risks from dust and airborne particulates on high pollution days. Schools receive a daily air quality forecast from ADEQ's staff meteorologists with instructions to fly one of four flags: green for good air quality, yellow for moderate, orange for unhealthy for sensitive groups and red for unhealthy for everyone. With the flag flying, parents of students with asthma or other breathing ailments know what to expect and teachers can take precautions to protect students on bad-air days.
About the coalition
As a nonprofit partnership since 1996, AAC has worked together with concerned stakeholders including public health, environmental quality, managed care, education, individual physicians and nurses, hospitals, foundations, families and other colleagues.