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School Nurse Training

The Chronic Respiratory Disease Section, in partnership with the Department of Education, conducted a series of trainings for school nurses. The trainings covered asthma and allergy basics, asthma medications, and how to respond to an asthma or allergy emergency at your school. A total of 290 school nurses attended the six trainings in 2013. The mean for all of the attendees' pre-test scores was 71% correct (SD:14.6) and the mean for the post-test scores was 90.6 % correct (SD: 10.5).  

2014 School Nurse Training Schedule


Region 1
Southern Indiana Education Center
Judy Bueckert, Director
1102 Tree Lane Drive
Jasper, IN 47546
V: (800) 264-6641 or (812) 482-6641
F: (812) 482-6652

April 8, 9am-3pm

Region 2
The Wilson Education Center
Dr. Phil Partenheimer, Director
2101 Grace Avenue
Charlestown, IN 47111-8644
V: (800) 326-5467 or (812) 256-8000
F: (812) 256-8012

April 3, 9am-3pm

 Region 3
West Central Education Center
Valerie Buchanan, Executive Director
P.O. Box 21
Greencastle, IN 46135
V: (765) 653-2727
F: (765) 653-7897

April 22, 9am-3pm


 Region 4
East Central Educational Service Center
Larry D. John, Executive Director
1601 Indiana Avenue
Connersville, IN 47331
V: (800) 669-3010 or (765) 825-1247
F: (765) 825-2532

April 21, 9am-3pm


Region 5
Wabash Valley Education Center
Dr. Dennis Cahill, Director
3061 Benton Street
West Lafayette, IN 47906
V: (765) 463-1589
F: (765) 463-1580

April 25, 9am-3pm


Region 6
Northwest Indiana Education Center
Edward Schoenfelt, Executive Director
48 W. 900 N.
Chesterton, IN 46304-9357
V: (219) 926-5555
F: (219) 926-5553

April 17, 9am-3pm


Region 7
Northern Indiana Education Center
Ted Chittum, Executive Director
56535 Magnetic Drive
Mishawaka, IN 46545
V: (800) 326-5642 or (574) 254-0111
F: (574) 254-0148

April 16, 9am-3pm


Region 8
Region 8 Education Service Center
Joshua O. Wenning, Executive Director
251 West 850 North
Decatur, IN 46733
V: (260) 724-6200 or (800) 669-4565
F: (260) 724-6201

April 23, 9am-3pm


Region 9
Central Indiana Educational Service Center
Dr. Michele Moore, Interim Executive Director
6036 Lakeside Boulevard, Bldg. A
Indianapolis, IN 46278
V: (317) 759-5555
F: (317) 489-0328

April 29, 9am-3pm


Source: IDOE Education Service Centers


Examples of Asthma Emergency Care Plans for Schools for the 2013-2014 school year provided by the Environmental Protection Agency,Maryland Astham Control Program, and the Greenfield-Central Community School Corporation.                                    

Indiana Statewide Asthma Conference Presentation

This presentation, Asthma Triggers and Avoidable Behaviors among Children with Current Asthma, was presented at the Indiana Statewide Asthma Conference in May 2013. The presentation includes data on the number of asthma triggers in Indiana households and provides support for home visits. To access the powerpoint slides click here.

NOW AVAILABLE! Online Asthma Training for Childcare Providers

The Chronic Respiratory Disease Section is excited to announce the creation of online asthma training for childcare providers! This training will help providers make their childcare facilities asthma friendly, and will provide education on helping children with asthma in the childcare setting. The training can be found at: Providers must choose a username and password to access the training. Once a provider has signed in, the training can be accessed under the "Trainings" tab. This training is required for 5 Star Childcare certification. For more information on the 5 Star program, please visit:  

Fly a Flag for Schools

The Fly a Flag for Clean Air Program uses colored flags based on U.S. EPA’s Air Quality Index (AQI) to notify teachers, coaches, students, and others about outdoor air quality conditions. Schools raise a colored flag each day that corresponds to their local air quality forecast.

The purpose of this program is to create public awareness of outdoor air quality conditions so children can continue to play and have fun while protecting their health when air quality is in unhealthy ranges. Children are at greater risk from air pollution because their lungs are still developing and they breathe more air per pound of body weight than adults. Even when air quality is unhealthy, exercise can be continued indoors for children who have symptoms outdoors.  

This program is available to all schools throughout Indiana (on a first come, first served basis). Schools that enroll in the program will be asked to also make their school campus an “Idle Free Zone”, be a tobacco free campus, and have asthma action plans on file for all students with a diagnosis of asthma. All schools will receive a custom set of Air Quality Index flags, provided by Anthem and the WellPoint Foundation. Additionally schools will receive Idle Free Zone signs provided by Knozone/City of Indianapolis Office of Sustainability, Improving Kids Environment, and Duke Energy. Age appropriate curriculum and educational materials about indoor and outdoor air quality related to health will also be provided.  

Find out how your school can participate in this FREE program.

Winning with Asthma: Coach's Clipboard

The highly recommended "Winning with Asthma" is a program designed to educate sports coaches about the effects of asthma on athletes. Visit to become an asthma-educated coach.

The Indoor Air Quality Rule for Schools

To view IAQ Rule 410 IAC 33, click here.

Tools for Schools

This program, developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), helps schools reduce exposures to indoor environmental contaminants and manage asthma in the school environment.

The Tools for Schools Action Kit will help schools identify, correct, and prevent common indoor air quality issues. For more information on Tools for Schools, or to download an Action Kit, click here.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 has released a new Healthy Schools Toolkit featuring free web-based resourcees desighned to help keep school buildings and cacilities clean, green, and healthy. To access the new Healthy Schools Toolkit, click here

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for Schools

Integrated Pest Managment is an economically effective approach to pest control  that uses a combination of comprehensive information on the life cycle of pests, and their interaction with the environment. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends use of IPM in schools to reduce the risk of exposure to potentially harmful pesticides by children.

For more information on Integrated Pest Management visit

Environmental Protection Agency

Improving Kids' Environment

Monroe County Community School Corporation Integrated Pest Management Program Success Story

Metorpolitan School District of Pike Township in Indianapolis

Resources for Schools and Childcare Centers

Green Cleaning Toolkit for Early Child Care and Education

How Asthma Friendly is your Child-Care Setting?

How Asthma Friendly is your School?

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Information on Asthma for School and Childcare Providers

Environmental Protection Agency: Improving Health in Schools

Environmental Protection Agency: Healthy Child Care

National Athletic Trainers' Association

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences: Asthma

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: Information for Schools/Child Care Centers

Allergy and Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics: Resources for Schools

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: Health Professional Programs

National Association of School Nurses

Knozone: Take Action at School

Asthma Alliance of Indianapolis: Resources for Educational Institutions and School Nurses