Teachers and school personnel have the most contact with students in school and are in the best position to notice when a child is having asthma symptoms. Presentation should focus on triggers, exercise-induced asthma, medication, how to manage worsening asthma and how to use asthma inhalers.
Things to Consider:
- Discuss with principal the best time to offer an in-service that allows for adequate time to provide a complete presentation (recommend 20 minutes).
- Offer in-service during staff meetings, Lunch & Learns, PD days or as an after school workshop.
- Lunch & Learns are effective. They offer more time and are attended by teachers with an interest in asthma management.
- Provide food/snacks as an incentive at Lunch & Learns.
- Suggest being first on the agenda. Teachers are less attentive if the presentation is held at the end of the staff meeting.
- Be familiar with school board protocol regarding asthma and medication usage. Be aware of school's protocol for managing asthma.
- Show airway models and demonstrate asthma devices. Teachers enjoy visual demonstrations. Obtain placebo inhalers and airway models from pharmaceutical representatives.
- Allow time for questions.
- Keep presentation and resources up to date, including asthma statistics.
- Organize teacher resource package using Ontario Lung Association, Ophea and Asthma Society materials to support activities.
- School Staff Presentation
- Ophea Resources
- CAFS Resource Kit
- Contacts for Pharmaceutical Companies
- GSK 1-800-387-7374
- Astra-Zeneca 1-800-668-6000
Identify Asthma "Champion"
Elicit a staff person or parent to volunteer as an asthma champion. Their responsibility might include sharing and updating asthma resources, planning activities, contacting the Public Health Nurse and/or community partners.
Things to Consider:
- Invite volunteer to meetings that are held with principal.
- Often individuals affected by asthma are more dedicated and interested.
- Role description of Asthma Champion in CAFS Resource Kit