Asthma Letter to Parents
- First published on 14 July 2016 Posted in Health
Asthma is the most common chronic disease of children and is one of the leading causes of school absences. Our school records show that your son or daughter has a history of asthma. If this is incorrect please call and notify the office. Asthma can be managed in the school setting so that children can be active, healthy, and available to learn. Addressing asthma in the school setting is a collaborative effort.
Per recommendations of the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program, The Center for Disease Control, and the American Lung Association, ALL students with asthma should have a written Asthma Action Plan in place in the school setting. This plan will provide information about medication, symptoms, triggers, and when to step- up treatment for worsening symptoms or other special considerations such as a pre-exercise plan.
If your child is prescribed an inhaler and will be using it at school or any school functions, Chilton Public School District requires that the Inhaled Medication Authorization form be filled out and signed by the child’s physician and signed by the parent. If you would like your child to carry their inhaler, your child’s doctor and parent permission needs to be indicated on the Inhaled Medication Authorization Form. Please update the school with any modifications made in his/her treatment throughout the school year.
The Asthma Action Plan and the Inhaled Medication Authorization Form can be found on the district health website or in the school’s office. This paperwork must be completed annually before the first day of school and be brought to the school office.
Your time and effort in completing these forms is greatly appreciated. This is another step in keeping your child safe while getting the best possible education at school. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss your child’s condition or need help completing these forms. Thank you!