Asthma Free School Zone (AFSZ) works with schools and communities to reduce asthma-related illness and absenteeism by improving school-wide asthma management and local air quality. In NYC, the program begins with the Principal.
Children with asthma miss school for two reasons: 1) they have symptoms, and 2) their parents don’t trust the school to handle the possibility that their children might have symptoms. By improving the understanding of asthma and its link to environment, and the ability of an informed staff to handle emergencies, a school can gain the confidence of parents who might otherwise keep children home.
The AFSZ has worked with the administration, staff and parent associations in more than 300 NYC schools to help them create the safest, healthiest learning environment possible. Our work is supported by the NYC Departments of Education, Transportation, and Health and Mental Hygiene.
AFSZ schools are recognizable by their No-Idling and No-Smoking signs, which designate the school zone, inform people of current NYC idling law and smoking law, and signal a community concern for the health and welfare of children.
Components of the program can be purchased through the AFSZ Marketplace.
• 116-page full-color Program Guide
• CD/DVD with PowerPoint trainings, educational videos
Team development Training-of-Trainer workshops
• No-idling and no-smoking signs