Free Professional Development Trainings!

The Montana Asthma Control Program is pleased to be able to offer OPI renewal units to school staff and coaches.  For detailed instructions on how to receive these renewal units, please click on the applicable link below.

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Creating Asthma Friendly Schools Resource GuideSchool Resource Guide

The Montana Asthma Control Program has created a resource guide for schools in Montana seeking to create asthma friendly environments. This guide, now in its second edition, is called Creating Asthma Friendly Schools in Montana. In addition, you can also view the accompanying Creating Asthma Friendly Schools PowerPoint presentation. The recommendations for ensuring that students with asthma can participate in school activities are in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

 

FREE In-School Trainings

If you are interested in having a presentation at your school about creating an asthma friendly environment, or if you would like to receive hard copies of Creating Asthma Friendly Schools in Montana, please contact William Biskupiak, Health Educator.

Montana Law

A Montana state law, MCA 20-5-420, allows students in Montana who have a Medication Authorization form on file with the school to carry and self-administer their rescue asthma medication. The law also allows for back-up medication to be kept at the school. Schools cannot deny students the right to carry their asthma medication if this form is completed and on-file at the school. Follow this link to the Asthma and Severe Allergy Medication Authorization form.

Other Useful School Resources

School Nurse Mini-Grants

The Montana Asthma Control Program provides mini-grants to school nurses to carry out evidence-based, asthma-related activitiesf. To learn more, click here.

Athletes with Asthma and Wildfires RecommendationsAthletes with Asthma and Wildfires

Athletes competing in Montana may have exacerbations of their asthma during wildfire season.  The Department of Public Health and Human Services, the Department of Environmental Quality, and the Office of Public Instruction have approved recommendations for when to cancel outdoor sporting events due to wildfire smoke.  School administrators, coaches and other staff can use this information to make informed decisions during wildfire season.  For more information on air quality in Montana, visit the Today’s Air web page run by the Department of Environmental Quality.

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