Building Capacity Among School System Leaders to Address Childhood Asthma

AASA supports school system leaders in reducing the burden of childhood asthma in school districts.

  • Asthma is one of the most common chronic childhood diseases.
  • Asthma is the reason 15 million school days are missed each year and therefore has direct impact on academic performance.
  • It is critical for school leaders to be pro-active to implement policies and practices that will keep children with asthma in school and learning. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2004).
AASA was funded for ten years under cooperative agreements from the Centers for Disease Control/Division of Adolescent and School Health. AASA fully supports the involvement of school system leaders to address asthma.


Asthma Resources for School Leaders

Better Together: Collaborating to Improve Student Success and Well-Being (PDF)
This report will be of interest to anyone desiring to develop, manage and sustain a statewide collaboration. It chronicles the development of an initiative created under the CDC asthma project.

In the Schoolyard and Beyond: Addressing Childhood Asthma in Your Community
Families who have a child with asthma can work with schools and youth-serving organizations to create and sustain asthma-friendly environments. In the Schoolyard and Beyond focuses on six overarching actions that demonstrate how families, communities, and schools can create a coordinated approach to the management of childhood asthma. Available in English (PDF) and Spanish (PDF).

It Takes a Community: Helping Parents Create a Healthy, Safe Environment for Children with Asthma (PPT)
This companion piece to In the Schoolyard provides parents with tangible takeaways for communicating to schools about a child’s asthma.

Asthma Communications Toolkit 
A one-stop online resource for school leaders to obtain information, forms and templates to communicate about asthma management in schools with staff, parents, the community and the media.

Powerful Practices CoverPowerful Practices: An Assessment Tool for School Districts Addressing the Needs of Students with Asthma (PDF)
This checklist is intended for school administrators to use to help identify areas of asthma management the district is already doing well, as well as areas in which to focus more energy.

Asthma Wellness: Keeping Children with Asthma in School and Learning (PDF)School Governance & Leadership Cover
The Spring 2003 issue of School Governance & Leadership covers asthma, indoor air quality, asthma management, policies and procedures in schools, and liability and litigation issues. 





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