CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Education has launched a Web site to help teachers and school employees understand the signs and symptoms of asthma and diabetes.
By logging onto the site, http://wvde.state.wv.us/takeaction/learn.html, school personnel can download the 2006 TakeAction Asthma and Diabetes CD-ROM. They also can request a free copy of the CD-ROM via the Web site.
The site is designed to assist all school staff, including bus drivers, coaches, nurses, dietary staff, teachers, custodial staff, administrators, counselors and support staff. It helps counties to fulfill the diabetes mandate on staff training. The information also is valuable for parents and volunteers.
The Web site and CD-Rom contains information on state and federal laws and mandates affecting students with asthma and diabetes; animated medical diagrams; specific roles and scenarios for bus drivers, coaches, nurses, dietary staff, teachers, custodial staff, administrators, counselors and support staff; and games. The asthma games help personnel identify possible triggers in a school, while the diabetes game provides staff with steps to make a quick fix kit.
During the 2006-2007 school year, about 950 students with diabetes attended West Virginia public schools. That same year, about 15,500 cases of asthma in West public schools required school nurse involvement, intervention or follow-up.
Participants in the collaboration are the West Virginia Department of Education, the West Virginia Asthma Education and Prevention Program, the American Lung Association of West Virginia, the West Virginia Association of Diabetes Educators, West Virginia University Graphic Design Program and the West Virginia Asthma Coalition.
For more information, contact the Office of Healthy Schools at (304) 558-8830 or the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.