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Asthma

The APS Asthma Program offers support to students with asthma by partnering with school nurses to provide care management and asthma management education.

Asthma Forms

Asthma and other nursing/health related forms can be found on the Nursing Forms page.

Care Management

If you have a student with asthma, it is important that you contact your school to discuss any special health-related needs your student might have.

Contact Your School

Inform the school nurse that your student has asthma when enrolling in school or is newly diagnosed with the condition.

  • Provide up-to-date emergency contact information.
  • Provide the signed Asthma Action Plan or medical orders from the student's healthcare provider to the school nurse or a member of the school health team.

Keep in Touch

Maintain open communication between the school health team and classroom teachers for up-to-date student information.

  • Work collaboratively with the school health team to implement the Asthma Action Plan, as appropriate.
  • Allow for the sharing of medical information between the school nurse and the student's personal health care providers.
  • Keep school nurse or designated school staff informed of any changes in your student's health status.

Provide Supplies and Equipment

Provide and replenish all asthma equipment necessary to implement the Asthma Action Plan.  Asthma equipment may include:

  • Quick relief ("rescue") inhaler
  • Valved holding chamber ("spacer")
  • Quick relief ("rescue") nebulizer solution
  • Nebulizer chamber and tubing

After-School Activity Considerations

Inform appropriate school staff (school nurse, principal, teachers, coaches, assistive personnel, and others) when the student plans to participate in before and after school-sponsored activities to ensure the health and safety of your student.

Asthma Management Education

Elementary Schools

APS elementary school nurses provide Open Airways®, an evidenced-based asthma management educational program, every year to 3rd-5th grade students with asthma.

If you would to have your student participate in the Open Airways program or would like more information please contact your student’s school nurse.

Middle and High Schools

APS middle school and high school nurses provide individualized, as-needed, asthma education to students with asthma using the Asthma Self-Management Education Notebook, a program that was developed by APS with CDC funding.

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