Asthma Emergencies in the Classroom
Planning ahead is key for students who have Asthma. No one knows a student better than their parents, so talk to them and learn about the triggers and warning signs your student may have before an episode.
Having an action plan in place ahead of time is crucial. The sample plan below is a great start! In addition to emergency contact information, specific actions are given for the green, yellow and red zones. Sit down with your parents and your student and have a conversation about what symptoms to look for and what action to take so that everyone is on the same page.
- Green Zone – No Symptoms
- Yellow Zone – Coughing, Wheezing, Tightness of the Chest
- Red Zone – Trouble walking or talking. Yellow Zone symptoms not relieved by medication.
Of course, prevention is always best. Try to avoid asthma triggers in your classroom. Each person is unique, but some of the most common triggers are:
- Cigarette Smoke or Vaping
- Wood Smoke
- Strong Smells (for instance perfumes, cleaning products)
Learn more about asthma trigger, signs, and treatments here.