The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) promotes May as “National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.” This initiative is geared to student, parent, and community education on learning the signs and symptoms of asthma and allergy, recognizing their triggers, and developing a personal management plan. Asthma contributes to over 10 million missed school days and can have a negative effect on student academics in areas of readiness and performance, resulting in lower test and reading scores. The School District supports safe and healthy learning environments through strategies to reduce environmental asthma triggers, promote education for better asthma control, and increase school support systems for students with asthma.

What is an "Asthma Friendly School"?

How to certify your school as Asthma-Friendly

"Asthma Friendly" schools are those schools that have completed the certification process developed by the American Lung Association. For a complete list of those schools that have received the certification as an Asthma-Friendly School please Click Here.

The American Lung Association can provide you with the steps necessary to work toward certifying your school as Asthma-Friendly.  Please visit their site for more information by Clicking Here.

Quick Links

American Lung Association: Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative Toolkit

EPA's Asthma Website:

IAQ Tools for Schools website:

IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit:

EPA's Managing Asthma in the School Environment publication:

EPA's Asthma Awareness Month Event Palnning Kit:

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What Happens During Asthma Attacks

Asthma-Friendly Schools


In 2001, the American Lung Association partnered with the School District of Palm Beach County to develop the "Asthma-Friendly Schools" Program. American Lung Association began inspecting our schools to determine where asthma triggers could be reduced. They then provided our Environmental & Conservation Services Department with the inspections. Corrective actions were then made by the school staff and some by Facilities Services. Many of the corrections mirrored those activities previously distributed to schools in the pamphlet: Indoor Air Quality Tips for Teachers.

Asthma Triggers (pollen, dust mites, pet dander, certain foods)