This document is a manual discussing asthma wellness in schools which outlines best practices and policies for an asthma wellness and education program in the context of a school health program. A healthy student is a student ready to learn. Asthma-friendly schools are those that make the effort to create safe and supportive learning environments for students with asthma. They have policies and procedures that allow students to successfully manage their asthma. Chances for success are better when the whole school community takes part--school administrators, teachers, and staff, as well as students and parents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified six strategies for schools and districts to consider when addressing asthma within a coordinated school health program. These strategies can be effective whether the program is for the entire school district or just one school. 1) Establish management and support systems for asthma-friendly schools. 2) Provide appropriate school health and mental health services for students with asthma. 3) Provide asthma education and awareness programs for students and school staff. 4) Provide a safe and healthy school environment to reduce asthma triggers. 5) Provide safe, enjoyable physical education and activity opportunities for students with asthma. 6) Coordinate school, family, and community efforts to better manage asthma symptoms and reduce school absences among students with asthma.
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