Asthma is a leading cause of school absenteeism, which can affect students’ academic success.  School administrators, teachers, coaches and other school personnel can play an important role in protecting children with asthma in the school environment. It is important that parents and school staff work together for the health and education of the children with asthma.

Schools can support their students with asthma by:

  • Identifying their students with asthma
  • Obtaining Asthma Action Plans for each student with asthma
  • Provide accommodations to students throughout the school day as indicated by their 504 plan
  • Enforcing Illinois’ Self-Carry and Self-Administration law, which allows students access to their quick relief medication
  • Following CAC’s Guidelines for management of asthma emergencies (Asthma First Aid poster), and/or establishing an emergency management protocol for your school
  • Providing asthma education for school staff and children with asthma
  • Creating a tobacco-free campus
  • Limiting idling of school buses
  • Encouraging physical activity for children with asthma

Self-Administration and Self-Carry of Medications for Asthma and Allergy – Illinois State Board of Education Guidance Document April 2015

Chicago Public Schools Asthma Policy – Adopted 2012

CAC’s 504 Plan Overview -Brochure

CAC’s 504 Plan Request Form for Parents

CAC’s 504 Request Form for Physicians

CAC’s Asthma First Aid Poster

Asthma Action Plan

Suggested Emergency Nursing Protocol from National Asthma Education and Prevention Program

Presentation – Navigating Statutes for Students With Asthma – CAC and IDPH