Update #6, August 14, 2008
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. Wehinar: How to Write Your IAQ TfS Award Winning Application, Wednesday,
August 27, 2008, from 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET. Back by popular demand, this Webinar will
not only teach you about the IAQ TfS Awards Program and how to write an award-
winning application, but will also provide ample opportunity to have your questions
answered by past IAQ TfS award winners and communication experts. Clliick here to
register today!
. Calling for School IAQ Policies and Procedures: The EPA IAQ TfS Program
would like to feature your schools' IAQ policies and procedures in an upcoming
Webinar and online. If you have IAQ policies or procedures that you would like to
share to others, please send them to IAQTfSConnector@cadmusgroup.com.
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As Summer Winds Down, School-based Asthma
Management Gears Up!
As summer slowly comes to an end, American children will be spending more and more time
indoors. In fact, Americans spend 90% of their time indoors, making the quality of the indoor
air a significant issue. This is especially true for the more than 55 million children spending
much of that time indoors in school buildings, 1 in 10 of whom have asthma. Asthma is a
leading cause of absenteeism due to chronic illness and thus, can contribute to lower
academic performance. Learn what steps you can take to manage asthma in your classroom
or schooi.
One of the first steps in managing your students' asthma is to identify triggers in your school

buildings. Triggers are any airborne "pollutant" that can set off a reaction in your lungs and
other parts of your body. Common triggers include secondhand smoke, dust mites, mold,
cockroaches, and furry pets, including pets in the classroom. Learn more about common
triggers at EPA's Indoor Environmental Asthma Triggers site. Then, download a sample
Asthma Action Plan; an essential guide for families to work with their child's healthcare
provider to create tailored action plans.
"When students, families and schools follow the Asthma Action Plan,
asthma can be controlled and students can be active and ready to learn.
Students can control their asthma by avoiding triggers, monitoring asthma
signs and symptoms and taking the correct asthma medications at the
right times. When schools help students with asthma control, students can
be in the classroom and learning just like students without asthma!"- Lani
Wheeler, MD
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Help manage asthma in your school with these tips for controlling asthma
triggers—investigate before you forget!
. Eliminate Secondhand Smoke Exposure - Enforce no-smoking policies in the school.
. Reduce Dust Mite Exposure - Make sure school is dusted and vacuumed thoroughly
and regularly.
. Clean Up Moid and Control Moisture - Control the indoor climate to prevent mold
growth-manage humidity, clean up spills, and prevent moisture condensation. Learn
about the formula for mold growth.
. Control Cockroach Allergens - Use integrated pest management (IPM) practices to
prevent cockroach and other pest problems (e.g., store food in tightly sealed
containers and place dumpsters away from the building).
. Control Animal Allergens - Remove furry classroom pets from the school, if possible.
If not, relocate them away from sensitive students and ventilation systems.
For long-term results, put a program in place to manage asthma year round!
Use the IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit - Help people with asthma by reducing

triggers and improving the school environment with the good IAQ practices
recommended in this kit.
. Develop an Asthma Management Plan in Your School - Include school policies on
inhaler and medication usage, emergency procedures for school staff when a student
has an asthma attack. Obtain the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, National
Institutes of Health, and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's "Managing
Asthma: A Guide for Schools".
. Provide School-Based Asthma Education Programs - Contact your local American
Lung Association about Open Airways or the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of
America about Power Breathing. These are school-based asthma management
programs for students with asthma.
. File Student Asthma Action Cards - Make sure students with asthma obtain and turn
in copies of their action cards to the school nurse. Encourage students and their
caregivers to identify their asthma triggers and steps they can take to reduce these
. Gather Additional Asthma Information and Resources - Partner with a community
organization near your school and establish a complete file on existing asthma and
allergy-related information sources to reference throughout the school year.
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Where Are They Now?
Peggy Caruso, Fort Bend ISD, 2001 Excellence Award
In 2001, Peggy Caruso led the IAQ team at Fort Bend ISD in Sugar Land, Texas to receive
one of EPA's highest honors for excellence in IAQ management, the U.S. EPA's National
Excellence Award. Where is she now? Peggy Caruso has moved on from Fort Bend ISD to
become the environmental assistant director for Katy ISD, and she has led yet another IAQ
team down the path of IAQ excellence. Her and her team's hard work and commitment to the
health and performance of Katy's students has earned them EPA's highest honor for IAQ
management: the National Model of Sustained Excellence Award in 2007.
How did Peggy lead two IAQ teams to victory? Ask her! Send an e-mail to
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