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2014 School Nurse Professional Development Workshops

The live School Nurse Professional Development Workshops have concluded for 2014 year. The Indianapolis Workshop session is available for viewing online by clicking here.


One key component to asthma management is maintaining a current Asthma Action Plan for all students with asthma. There are numerous plans available for use by Indiana School Nurses. Below are a few examples of Asthma Emergency Care Plans that can be used in schools.
Environmental Protection Agency                                     Indiana Joint Asthma Coalition
 Maryland Asthma Control Program                                  Greenfield-Central Community School Corporation                                  

Indiana Statewide Asthma Conference Presentation

This presentation, Asthma Triggers and Avoidable Behaviors among Children with Current Asthma, was presented at the Indiana Statewide Asthma Conference in May 2013. The presentation includes data on the number of asthma triggers in Indiana households and provides support for home visits. To access the powerpoint slides click here.

NOW AVAILABLE! Online Asthma Training for Childcare Providers

The Chronic Respiratory Disease Section is excited to announce the creation of online asthma training for childcare providers! This training will help providers make their childcare facilities asthma friendly, and will provide education on helping children with asthma in the childcare setting. The training can be found at: Providers must choose a username and password to access the training. Once a provider has signed in, the training can be accessed under the "Trainings" tab. This training is required for 5 Star Childcare certification. For more information on the 5 Star program, please visit:  

Fly a Flag for Schools

The Fly a Flag for Clean Air Program uses colored flags based on U.S. EPA’s Air Quality Index (AQI) to notify teachers, coaches, students, and others about outdoor air quality conditions. Schools raise a colored flag each day that corresponds to their local air quality forecast.

The purpose of this program is to create public awareness of outdoor air quality conditions so children can continue to play and have fun while protecting their health when air quality is in unhealthy ranges. Children are at greater risk from air pollution because their lungs are still developing and they breathe more air per pound of body weight than adults. Even when air quality is unhealthy, exercise can be continued indoors for children who have symptoms outdoors.  

This program is available to all schools throughout Indiana (on a first come, first served basis). Schools that enroll in the program will be asked to also make their school campus an “Idle Free Zone”, be a tobacco free campus, and have asthma action plans on file for all students with a diagnosis of asthma. All schools will receive a custom set of Air Quality Index flags, provided by Anthem and the WellPoint Foundation. Additionally schools will receive Idle Free Zone signs provided by Knozone/City of Indianapolis Office of Sustainability, Improving Kids Environment, and Duke Energy. Age appropriate curriculum and educational materials about indoor and outdoor air quality related to health will also be provided.  

Find out how your school can participate in this FREE program.

Winning with Asthma: Coach's Clipboard

The highly recommended "Winning with Asthma" is a program designed to educate sports coaches about the effects of asthma on athletes. Visit to become an asthma-educated coach.

The Indoor Air Quality Rule for Schools

To view IAQ Rule 410 IAC 33, click here.

Tools for Schools

This program, developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), helps schools reduce exposures to indoor environmental contaminants and manage asthma in the school environment.

The Tools for Schools Action Kit will help schools identify, correct, and prevent common indoor air quality issues. For more information on Tools for Schools, or to download an Action Kit, click here.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 has released a new Healthy Schools Toolkit featuring free web-based resources designed to help keep school buildings and facilities clean, green, and healthy. To access the new Healthy Schools Toolkit, click here

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for Schools

Integrated Pest Managment is an economically effective approach to pest control  that uses a combination of comprehensive information on the life cycle of pests, and their interaction with the environment. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends use of IPM in schools to reduce the risk of exposure to potentially harmful pesticides by children.

For more information on Integrated Pest Management visit

Environmental Protection Agency

Improving Kids' Environment

Monroe County Community School Corporation Integrated Pest Management Program Success Story

Metorpolitan School District of Pike Township in Indianapolis

Resources for Schools and Childcare Centers

How Asthma Friendly is your Child-Care Setting?

How Asthma Friendly is your School?

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Information on Asthma for School and Childcare Providers

Environmental Protection Agency: Improving Health in Schools

Environmental Protection Agency: Healthy Child Care

National Athletic Trainers' Association

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences: Asthma

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: Information for Schools/Child Care Centers

Allergy and Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics: Resources for Schools

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: Health Professional Programs

National Association of School Nurses

Knozone: Take Action at School

Asthma Alliance of Indianapolis: Resources for Educational Institutions and School Nurses