Tips for Teachers

There are plenty of things teachers can do to help keep their classrooms and teaching approaches asthma-friendly. Here’s a list to get started:

Action Plan

Keep an Asthma Action Plan for each student with asthma on file in your classroom. Make sure it’s in a convenient spot where you can easily find it in case of emergency.

School Policies

Be sure to know the most up to date asthma policies and procedures at your school.

Missed Work

Establish protocol with the student and parents ahead of time for missed days and assignments due to asthma.

Asthma-Friendly Activities

Plan activities that are asthma-friendly or have variations or alternatives ready to go for your students with asthma.

Asthma-Friendly Field Trips

Plan asthma-friendly field trips so that everyone can enjoy the experience. Think ahead about anything that might trigger a child’s asthma from tobacco smoke and strong smells to feathered or furry animals.

Warning Signs

Be aware of asthma attack warning signs, as well as signs of uncontrolled asthma.

Quick Relief Medicines

Have access to asthma medications at all times, especially during functions away from school or after school hours.

Respond to Uncontrolled Asthma

Alert the school nurse, an administrator and/or the child’s parent if asthma seems out of control. Symptoms may include a lingering/persistent cough or wheezing during the day, low stamina during physical activity or increased use of asthma medicine.

Eliminate Triggers

Reduce allergens and triggers in your classroom to help reduce the likelihood of an asthma attack.

You may not realize that some of the things you wouldn’t think twice about could trigger a child’s asthma including:

  • chalk dust
  • animals (fur and feathers)
  • dust
  • strong odors: colognes, perfumes, paints, pesticides, cleaners, deodorizers, markers

Educate Students

Teach your class about what it means to have asthma so that they are aware of it and know to get help if one of their friends shows warning signs. Involve the students with asthma to their comfort level.

Team Effort

Communicate openly with parents, the school nurse, and administrators in order to effectively manage asthma in your classroom.

Click the link to download Asthma Tips for Teachers (Consejos Sobre el Asma para Maestros ) via PDF.

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