This toolkit provides you with the tools and resources to jump in and start work on specific asthma-friendly policies or practices, or to step back and assess your school’s needs to identify priority areas. Many useful tools and resources were reviewed for the purposes of this toolkit, and are presented here in an easy-to-understand and easy-to-use way for Massachusetts schools. The contents of this toolkit will help you build your school’s capacity to identify and address potential environmental triggers, and direct you to additional resources and agencies that can provide further expertise. Whatever your approach, make sure that everyone involved has a clear understanding of the connection between asthma and education [link]. This promotes support for your work in schools.
Use the step-by-step approach [link] to guide a school-wide environmental health and safety strategy, or to support a specific area of need you have already identified. This approach helps you to gather data, and plan, complete, and monitor your activities.
Once you have identified or prioritized a problem area or topic of concern (e.g., green cleaning, integrated pest management, etc.), learn more about best practices and policies, and resources that can help you to implement them [Policy areas link].
Real-life stories can help you understand how other Massachusetts schools have been able to create asthma-friendly environments, and the lessons they have learned [Resources & tools, case studies]. Sample presentations, fact sheets, examples of policies, and other resources [Resources & tools] can help you to gain support from people at the school to carry out asthma-friendly policies and practices.