One of the problems that most schools must deal with is the under-reporting of asthma at school. In most schools and school systems the statistics for asthmatics are not well documented. I am trying in my school to develop a survey that will tell us much more about our school population. A copy is included in Appendix B for your use. With this survey I hope to be able to construct a profile of our school.
Preliminary use of the survey indicates that 28% of the students in two of my classes suffer from asthma. This is much higher than the 5% national figure. A subsequent survey conducted during the last week of school (6/7/99) showed that 26% (38) of the students responding (n=145) were asthmatic. This is approximately five times the national average! but still not as high as some inner city children (Bernstein, 1999).
Below I have summarized most of the information from the survey. It is somewhat incomplete, as all students did not complete all of the categories.
(chart available in print form)