Florida Asthma-Friendly School Recognition

– Accepting applications for the 2013-2014 school year through April 25, 2014! –
A limited number of cash awards will be given this year, so get your application in early!

Florida Asthma-Friendly School Recognition

The Florida Asthma-Friendly School Recognition was developed to recognize public schools that meet criteria for excellence in asthma management. These are schools where administrators, staff, nurses, faculty, families, and clinical partners are working together to help students with asthma properly manage their disease. Recognized schools enjoy a healthier student body and opportunities to show off their school’s success through local and state media opportunities each May during National Asthma Awareness Month.

Criteria & Recognition Levels

Recognition is offered at four levels: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. For the 2013-2014 school year, our partner, the Florida Healthy Kid’s Corporation, is offering a financial incentive for recognized schools!  Cash awards will be made until designated funding runs out.  Get your application in early to qualify!

Bronze:  $500

  1. Asthma leadership team established.
  2. School nurses, faculty and staff participate in asthma training at least every other school year. Note: Participation requirements increase based on award level – See Application Guide.
  3. School ensures immediate access to asthma medications per Florida statute.
  4. School provides student centered asthma management support. Note: Requirements increase based on award level – See Application Guide.
  5. School posts asthma posters in high-traffic areas.
  6. School provides physical education and activity opportunities that meet needs of children with asthma.

 Silver: $750   All of the above and…

  1. School works with community partners to provide self-management education to students with asthma.
  2. School works with community partners to offer education to parents about asthma management.

Gold:  $1,000 All of the above and…

  1. School maintains a healthy school environment through implementation of an indoor air quality program.

Platinum: $1,500  All of the above and…

  1. School implements comprehensive asthma procedures or a policy which includes the activities listed in criterion 1-9 & the district meets the 12 criteria for a comprehensive tobacco-free schools policy.

Local Asthma-Friendly School Mentors are Available to Help! 

Local mentors can help you through the process of completing the criteria and submitting your application.  To get started, click here to sign-up for an Asthma-Friendly School Mentor.  (One request per school, please.)

Florida Asthma-Friendly School Application Materials

Free Online Trainings for School Staff


Need for Asthma-Friendly Schools

The number of school aged children with asthma is on the rise in Florida and across the nation.  Schools are increasingly burdened by the poor outcomes resulting from the disease, namely increased absenteeism, decreased academic performance, and limitations on participation in physical activity.  The recently released fact sheet from the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) Asthma Program, Asthma in School-Aged Children, Florida 2014, provides recent data on the impact of asthma on Florida students.

2012-2013 Awarded Florida Asthma-Friendly Schools

Awarded Schools

Level Name of School Awarded Partners
Gold John Love Elementary 5.17.13 American Lung Association (Mentor)
Duval County Public Schools
The Player’s Center at Wolfson Children’s Hospital
FDOH in Duval County
Gold Orange River Elementary 5.21.13 American Lung Association (Mentor)
School District of Lee County
Lee Memorial Health System
FDOH in Lee County
Silver John M. Sexton Elementary 5.20.13 American Lung Association (Mentor)
Pinellas County Schools
All Children’s Hospital
FDOH in Pinellas County
Bronze Pineview Elementary 5.21.13 Leon School Health Advisory Committee (Mentor)
American Lung Association
Leon County Schools
FDOH in Leon County
Bronze W. H. Rhodes Elementary 5.31.13 Sacred Heart Hospital (Mentor)
Santa Rosa County Schools
American Lung Association
FDOH in Santa Rosa County