Frequently Asked Questions

How can my school/child care center become certified as asthma-friendly?

There are seven criteria, based upon the CDC guidelines, for a school to become certified as asthma-friendly:

  • Staff within the facility, as well as the students with asthma, must receive asthma education by the CAPW asthma educators.
  • The school campus and all school activities must be designated as “tobacco free.”
  • Asthma Action Plans must be on file for at least 60% of students with asthma.
  • Students with asthma are given the opportunity to fully participate in all physical activities or alternate activities are given if the student is experiencing asthma symptoms.
  • Asthma first-aid posters are on display in the facility.
  • In accordance with Florida State Statute Title XVI, 232.47, students are allowed to carry and self-administer their asthma medication.
  • A healthy school environment is maintained.

When should a child be sent home from school because of asthma?

It is the goal of asthma management for children with asthma to be able to sleep, learn, and play. A child with asthma should be able to remain at school if he or she:

  • Has a stuffy nose but is not wheezing.
  • Has mild wheezing that goes away after using quick-relief medicine.
  • Can participate in usual school activities.
  • Is not having difficulty breathing.
  • Has a peak flow reading in the green zone.

If the child does not meet the above criteria, the parent should be contacted and the child sent home.

When should 9-1-1 be called for a student experiencing asthma symptoms?

Call 9-1-1 if the child is:

  • Breathing hard and fast with the nose open wide and the ribs/chest sucked in.
  • Having trouble walking and talking.
  • Not responding to quick-relief medicine within 15-20 minutes.

Can a child with asthma fully participate in sports and other physical activities?

Yes! Children with asthma can fully participate in physical activities, as long as their asthma is in good control. If they are experiencing asthma symptoms, alternate activities should be available to the student and they should not be penalized for participating in the alternate activity. Also, students with exercise- or sports-induced asthma should be allowed to use their quick-relief inhaler 15-20 minutes prior to participating in sports.

Where can I find the air quality index to be sure that it is safe to take students with respiratory problems outside?

You can visit www.airnow.gov to find the air quality index daily. If the air quality is in the green zone, it is safe for all to go outside.

  • If the air quality is in the yellow zone, students who are highly sensitive should have alternate, indoor activities.
  • On days that are classified as orange, students with asthma and other respiratory problems should remain inside and have an alternate activity.
  • All individuals should remain inside during time periods classified in the red zone.

Why is asthma still such a health concern in the United States and Northeast Florida?

Despite great medical advances, asthma cases in the U.S. have increased significantly in people of all ages. Asthma is a growing public health concern that has significant negative impacts on the quality of life of its sufferers. Jacksonville has not escaped the rise in asthma. It is estimated that more than of 60,000 individuals with asthma live in the greater Jacksonville area.

What is the Community Asthma Partnership at Wolfson and how is it addressing the problem?

Founded in 1992, the Community Asthma Partnership (CAP) began as a grassroots, vounteer-driven nonprofit service organization with the goal of improving the lives of those suffering from asthma through community outreach. The program especially focused on children and the medically underserved in our community. In January 2007, CAP merged with Wolfson Children’s Hospital under the banner of the Community Asthma Partnership at Wolfson to expand the scope of all services as well as to add new services. The program aims to build awareness of asthma in our community, diagnose asthma earlier, manage asthma better and reduce asthma-related hospitalization and deaths.

What does the Community Asthma Partnership at Wolfson provide now?

CAPW is dedicated to addressing the unmet asthma needs within the Jacksonville community.

The programs and services offered are designed to:

  • Increase awareness of asthma
  • Offer education and better access to care
  • Enhance the quality of asthma care

CAPW seeks to supplement existing programs and bridge resources within the community.

CAPW is here to help you.

For more information, call us any weekday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 904.202.5132 or send us an email or get updates