Give Your Child with Asthma a Good Start in School
It is important that parents and school staff work together for the health and education of your child. As the child’s parent, you know the most about your child. Here are some things that may be helpful when working with the school. Remember the school wants the best for your child.
According to the Illinois School Code, all children, regardless of age, are allowed to self-carry and self-administer their prescribed asthma medications with written authorization from the caregiver. Parents and guardians must provide:
**Important to note: physician signature is no longer required, and cannot be required on forms.
Make sure you visit your child’s medical provider and give the school an updated asthma action plan for your child each year. Also make sure that all necessary health-related forms are returned to the school (check with your school about required forms).
Your Child May Be Entitled to a 504 Plan
CAC’s 504 Plan Overview -Brochure – English
CAC’s 504 Plan Overview -Brochure – SpanishCAC’s 504 Plan Request Form for Parents
Asthma and Cold and Flu Season
Flu shots are recommended for children with asthma. Attention to good hand washing and general good health habits, such as plenty of rest and a healthy diet are important at all times but especially during cold and flu seasons.
Your child can go to school if he/she has a stuffy nose but no wheezing; a little wheezing that goes away after taking medicine; an easy time breathing; or a peak flow in the green zone and can do usual activities.
Your child should stay home from school if she wheezes and coughs 1 hour after taking medicine; has a respiratory infection; a sore throat or painful neck glands; a fever over 100F by mouth; difficultly breathing or fast breathing; a peak flow that is low and the medicine is not helping; or she is so weak or tired that it makes it hard to get dressed and eat breakfast.
Asthma and Exercise