You are now required to complete the Asthma training on GCN training site.






Asthma is a Major Public Health Problem

  • Nearly 5 million children have asthma
  • It is one of the most common and costliest chronic childhood illnesses
  • It is a leading cause of school absences

What is Asthma

  • A disease that:
  • Is chronic
  • Produces recurring episodes of breathing problems (WHEEZING, COUGHING, CHEST TIGHTNESS, SHORTNESS OF BREATH)
  • Cannot be cured, but can be controlled
  • Onset at any age

What are symptoms of Asthma

  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Coughing at night or after physical activity; cough that lasts more than a week
  • Waking at night with asthma symptoms (a key marker of uncontrolled)

What makes Asthma worse?

  • Cigarette smoke and wood smoke
  • Scented products such as hair spray, cosmetics, and cleaning products
  • Strong odors from fresh paint or cooking
  • Automobile fumes and air pollution
  • Chemicals such as pesticides and lawn treatments

Is there a cure for Asthma?

  • Asthma cannot be cured but it can be controlled.

How is Asthma controlled?

  • Follow an individualized asthma management plan
  • Avoid or control exposure to things that make asthma worse
  • Use medication appropriately
  • Long–term-control
  • Quick-relief medicine

What Happens During an Episode Of Asthma?

  • The lining of the airways becomes swollen(inflamed)
  • The airways produce a thick mucus
  • The muscles around the airways tighten and make airways narrower.

Goals for a Healthy School Environment

  • Reduce exposures to triggers 
  • Keep temperature and humidity at appropriate settings 
  • Dryup damp and wet areas
  • Teach and monitor correct inhaler techniques, peak flow and nebulizer use                             
  • Provide asthma education for faculty and staff
  • Teach parent show to manage asthma                   
  • Identify students with asthma and provide individual emergency plans 
  • Provide quick access to medication 
  • Promote safe and full participation in all school activities  
  • Allow self-administration as appropriate (proper documentation must be on file in health office)


Click on the link below to take the Asthma quiz

Sandshore Elementary School

Sandshore Elementary School
498 Sandshore Rd
Budd Lake, NJ 07828

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Mountain View Elementary School

Mountain View Elementary School
118 Cloverhill Drive
Flanders, NJ 07836

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Chester M. Stephens Elementary School

Chester M. Stephens Elementary School
99 Sunset Drive
Budd Lake, NJ 07828

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Tinc Road School

Tinc Road School
24 Tinc Road
Flanders, NJ 07836

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Mt. Olive Middle School

Mt. Olive Middle School
160 Wolfe Road
Budd Lake, NJ 07828

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Mt. Olive High School

Mt. Olive High School
18 Corey Road
Flanders, NJ 07836

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