Asthma friendly award

schoolThe Montclair School District has taken many steps to manage asthma in its school settings, and for its efforts, it last week received a statewide award.

Montclair’s 11 public schools were among 135 New Jersey schools serving more than 70,600 students that were presented the “Asthma Friendly School Award” from the Pediatric/Adult Asthma Coalition of New Jersey.

The school district was presented with the award on Nov. 2 at the Doubletree Hotel in Newark International Airport.

“It was kind of a surprise,” said Superintendent of Schools Frank Alvarez. “We knew there was a set of six criteria that the schools needed to meet. Our goal was to have every school achieve that certification, so we’ve been working on this since last spring.”

The criteria included:

  • Having a nebulizer in each school. A nebulizer is an airway-opening instrument that delivers medication to those who are suffering from asthma.
  • Ensuring that staff members received a training session dubbed “Asthma Management in the School Setting.”
  • Ensuring each school nurse conducted a presentation, “ABCs of Asthma are All ’Bout Control — Asthma Edu-cation for Classroom Teachers.”
  • Ensuring each school nurse completed a training presentation dubbed “Asthma Action Plan: School Nurses Leading the Way.”
  • Ensuring a school representative completed the Environmental Protection Agency’s indoor air quality program, “Tools for Schools.”
  • Signing a “No-Idling Pledge.” The pledge, which is a project of the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection, aims to reduce emissions from school buses and to minimize student and staff exposure to those emissions by making sure buses turn off engines while waiting to load and unload students.

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