For every classroom in Michigan with 30 children in it, two may have asthma. This can be very challenging, especially if one of your students has an asthma attack at school. We’ve developed this website to help you know what to do, and what signs to look for, when you have students with asthma.

Recognized as one of the leaders in the state for asthma care, Hurley Medical Center works very closely with schools throughout the Genesee County region. It’s important for you to refer any students who show signs of asthma to our Hurley Asthma Clinic.

Our two Asthma Disease Managers would like to meet with you so that together, we can help kids with asthma stay healthy and stay in school. Please contact them:

Jennifer Paling, RN, AE-C
Hurley Asthma Disease Management
Genesee County Asthma Network

1. Know which kids in your class have asthma.

2. Know the early warning signs of an asthma attack and when to call 911.

3. Have a copy of an Asthma Action Plan for each student with asthma in your class. Review it with the student and the parents. Know the Steps to take in case of an asthma attack.

4. Develop a plan with the student and parents for handling missed schoolwork due to asthma.

5. Understand that a student with asthma may feel:

. Sleepy or tired
. Different from the other kids
. Embarrassed when asthma symptoms disrupt the school day.

6. Educate your class about asthma so they will be more understanding.

7. Know the possible side effects of asthma medications and how they may impact the student’s performance in the classroom: nervousness, nausea, jitteriness, hyperactivity, and drowsiness.

8. Reduce asthma triggers in your classroom: chalk dust, plants, animals, and strong odors (perfumes, paints).

9. Avoid pens, glue, and paints that give off irritating fumes.

10. Allow fresh air to circulate throughout the room.

11. Encourage students with asthma to participate in physical activities, but make sure they have their medicines handy in case of an attack.

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