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Seymour, IN: 10% of kids have asthma; plans for "Asthma-friendly schools"

Aug 16, 2017, Seymour (IN) Tribune: Groups helping kids breathe easier-Asthma-friendly program being rolled out at schools http://www.tribtown.com/2017/08/14/groups_helping_kids_breathe_easier/ Jackson, Fountain and Perry counties have been targeted for high rates of asthma among school-aged children and emergency room visits related to the respiratory condition.... Nursing supervisor Joyce McKinney said in 2016-17, Brownstown Central Community School Corp. had 159 students in kindergarten through 12th grade with asthma. In that same school year, school nurse coordinator Sherry Reinhart said 167 Seymour Community School Corp. K-12 students had asthma.... According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, asthma is a leading chronic illness among children and adolescents in the United States and also is one of the leading causes of school absenteeism. The CDC also said, on average, about three children in a classroom of 30 are likely to have asthma; nearly 1 in 2 children with asthma miss at least one day of school each year because of their asthma; and each year, asthma causes more than 10 million missed days of school. In an effort to decrease absenteeism related to asthma in Jackson County, the CDC, Indiana State Department of Health, Indiana Department of Education, Schneck Medical Center and the local school corporations are working with the American Lung Association to roll out the asthma-friendly school program. Asthma-friendly schools make an effort to create safe and supportive learning environments for students with asthma. They have policies and procedures that allow students to manage their asthma....