Asthma Friendly Schools

Schools are an important venue for promoting health and wellness. Approximately 12% of school aged children in Georgia have Asthma. The Asthma Friendly Schools toolkit provides a structure school districts can use to create a comprehensive approach to asthma management. Comprehensive Asthma Friendly School programs include planning tools, school policy recommendations and asthma self-management education programs.

Students with uncontrolled asthma often miss more school, have poorer academic performance, and have low sleep quality.  An Asthma Friendly School provides a safe and healthy environment that reduces asthma triggers and maximizes the health, quality of life, and educational outcomes of all children.  Schools can support asthma self-management in children by adopting asthma-friendly policies and procedures related to the following areas:

For more information on steps to becoming an Asthma Friendly School please view Georgia’s Asthma Friendly Toolkit.

Page last updated 6/28/22

Additional Resources

CDC Healthy Schools

American Lung Association's Asthma Friendly School Initiative

Asthma Management in Schools

Controlling Common Asthma Triggers Found in Schools