The Montana Asthma Control Program has a website specifically dedicated to addressing asthma issues in school and childcare settings: http://asthmamontana.com
The Montana Asthma Control Program has created a resource guide for schools in Montana seeking to create asthma friendly environments. This guide, now in its second edition, is called Creating Asthma Friendly Schools in Montana. In addition, you can also view the accompanying Creating Asthma Friendly Schools PowerPoint presentation. The recommendations in both the guide and presentation for ensuring that students with asthma can participate in school activities are in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. If you are interested in having a presentation at your school about creating an asthma friendly environment, please contact William Biskupiak.
A Montana state law, MCA 20-5-420, allows students in Montana who have a Medication Authorization form on file with the school to carry and self-administer their rescue asthma medication. The law also allows for back up medication to be kept at the school. Schools cannot deny students the right to carry their asthma medication if this form is completed and on-file at the school. Follow this link to the Asthma and Severe Allergy Medication Authorization form.
Click here for the most updated version of the Montana Asthma Action Plan for kids.
School Nurse Mini-Grants
The Montana Asthma Control Program provides $500 mini-grants to school nurses to carry out evidence-based, asthma-related activities. To learn more, click here.
Athletes with Asthma and Wildfires
Athletes with asthma competing in Montana may have exacerbations of their asthma during wildfire season. The Department of Public Health and Human Services, the Department of Environmental Quality and the Office of Public Instruction have approved recommendations for when to cancel outdoor sporting events due to wildfire smoke. School administrators, coaches and other staff can use this information to make informed decisions during wildfire season. For more information on air quality in Montana, visit the Today's Air web page run by the Department of Environmental Quality, and the University of Montana's pollen and spore count page.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the CDC) has a national asthma friendly schools Initiative. To learn more, visit their Creating Asthma Friendly Schools website.