Asthma and Schools

Asthma, when under-treated or untreated, can hinder a child's ability to attend, take part, and learn in school. Most children and youth spend an average of six to nine hours a day in school or child care centers and programs. School and child care staff must be alert to asthma symptoms and have policies in place to help children manage asthma.

Rules and Regulations

The Revised Code of Washington (RCW 28A.210.370) requires that:

  • All school districts provide in-service training on asthma for school personnel.
  • All school districts adopt policies for asthma rescue.
  • Schools allow students to carry and self-administer prescribed medication to treat asthma and severe allergic reactions.

Activities, Resources, and Staff Training

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