Open Airways for Schools is designed to teach children how to manage their asthma on a daily basis. The program consists of six 40-minute lessons for children with asthma aged 8 to 11. The lessons are taught on a voluntary basis by health care professionals and dedicated laypersons that have experience with asthma.
In addition to the lessons, take-home assignments are given to the children to complete with their parents/guardians. This helps to increase family communication about asthma and to encourage children to rehearse new skills at home. Often parents cannot attend school-site programs because they work or care for children at home.
School Site Steps for Implementing Open Airways for Schools
- Identify Students With Asthma; call the Asthma Education Coordinator for assistance
- Enroll Students in the OAS Class
- Schedule the Open Airways For Schools Classes
- Send Memo to Teachers to Release Children from Class
- Start the Open Airways For Schools Classes
- Schedule an In-Service On Asthma for Teachers & Staff
- Know that you are playing a very important role in helping your school to become
School Site Steps for Implementing Tools for Schools (TfS)
- Identify a Tools for Schools (TfS) Site Liaison
- The TfS Site Liaison assists the school to prevent and solve common indoor air quality
problems using the Tools for Schools Action Kit
- After receiving training and with the support of the District Tools for Schools Coordinator, the TfS Site Liaison works with key school personnel and District TfS Coordinator to prepare a TfS Action Plan
- The TfS District Coordinator works with the school site to help the school initiate changes