Treating Asthma in New York State Schools 

Hudson Valley Asthma Coalition offers FREE programs and services to schools in Dutchess, Orange, Sullivan, and Westchester counties in Hudson Valley, New York. Explore the programs we offer to Students, Teachers, Nurses and School Personnel below:

Open Airways Program for Schools in New York State 

The American Lung Association's Open Airways® for Schools (OAS) is a school-based curriculum that educates and empowers children through a fun and interactive approach to asthma self-management. It teaches children with asthma ages 8-11 how to detect the warning signs of asthma, avoid their triggers and make decisions about their health. Children who complete the Open Airways for Schools program should be able to:

● Take steps to prevent asthma symptoms
● Recognize the symptoms of asthma when they first occur, and carry out appropriate management steps.
● Discuss and solve problems related to asthma with parents, medical professionals, teachers, and friends

Hudson Valley Asthma Coalition trains volunteers from college nursing programs or other sources to conduct OAS in your schools. If you prefer, we can train school nurses or other school personnel to conduct OAS. We provide all the resources for it!

OAS is six sessions (weeks), 40 minutes per session.

Children who can improve management of their asthma will have fewer missed school days, and hence, more time in the classroom!

Learn More about the American Lung Association's Open Airways® for Schools Program »

For inquiries related to the Open Airways Program and how the Hudson Valley Asthma Coalition can help, please contact us and we will respond to you promptly. Also, feel free to call us at 914-347-2094 x20

Asthma 101 Program for Schools in New York State 

School personnel, including administrators, school nurses, teachers, coaches, maintenance, and administrative staff should know the basics of asthma as well as what to do in case a student has an asthma attack. We will come to your school to provide education on asthma to you and members of your community.

For inquiries related to the Asthma 101 Program and how the Hudson Valley Asthma Coalition can help, please contact us and we will respond to you promptly. Also, feel free to call us at 914-347-2094 x20

Asthma Tips Online for Schools in New York State 

The Centers for Disease Control, the American Lung Association, and the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) provide comprehensive information about how to manage asthma in your schools as well as free resources. Here are a few highlights:

There are simple critical steps you can take toward managing asthma in your school. Those steps include the following:

● A confidential list of students with asthma on file in school health office
● Children with asthma should have their asthma "rescue" medications in the school health office with permission from parent/caregiver to administer or for child to carry the meds
● School policies and procedures for administering medications, including protocols for emergency response to a severe asthma episode
● Asthma Action Plan from health care provider on file in school health office
● Provide asthma education to staff, students, and parents (we can provide this)
● Improve air quality in schools, including an end to car and bus idling

The Importance of Exercise Among Children with Asthma
Participation in exercise is another important step in managing asthma in your school. Children need physical activity as part of normal physical and mental and to prevent overweight and obesity. That includes children with asthma. But often, children with asthma do not participate in physical activity for fear their asthma symptoms will flare up.

For most children with asthma, pre-exercise medicine can prevent asthma symptoms from developing during activity. If you know of students with asthma who are not participating in recess or physical education, talk to their caregivers or health care providers!

Asthma is the leading cause of missed school days among children. While there is no cure for asthma, children can lead active, normal and healthy lives if their asthma is well-controlled.

Additional Online Resources for Schools
NAEPP Asthma Management Guide for Schools (PDF)
American Lung Association's Asthma Friendly Schools Initiative and its free online resources
CDC on Asthma and Schools

Education on Asthma For School Nurses in New York State 

Hudson Valley Asthma Coalition always welcomes school nurses to the table. We value the input and experiences of school nurses. Please consider joining our coalition today. Here's how you will benefit from being a member of our coalition:

● Improved asthma outcomes among your students
● Latest in asthma based on National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute guidelines
● Presentations on the latest in childhood asthma at meetings
● Interaction with physicians, nurses, and other professional in the public health arena
● Access to multiple free resources
● Find out what others are doing in asthma
● No fees
● Opportunity to shape the coalition and impact communities with your expertise

School nurses play a key role in the management of asthma among students. You are:

● Instrumental in determining the asthma needs in school
● Vital in management of students’ asthma
● The key communicator between family and medical provider
● The main liaison between parents and school

Join the Hudson Valley Asthma Coalition for (free) help in implementing asthma management strategies in your school! or Contact Us for more information. Let us assist you in leading the way to an asthma-friendly school!