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What should my child’s teacher know if my child has a chronic illness?

Whether your child has asthma, diabetes, allergies, epilepsy, or another chronic illness, provide your child’s school with the information required for meeting his or her needs, including:

  • Child’s name and birth date
  • Child’s medical condition
  • Child’s doctors’ names and contact information
  • Emergency contact information of parents and another responsible adult, in case parents can’t be reached
  • Any significant changes to your child’s health that could affect his or her performance at school
  • A plan, worked out between parents and school staff, for accommodating your child in all capacities while at school
  • A plan for completion of class projects and homework in the event of frequent or prolonged absence
  • Written authorization to administer medication to your child at school, adequate supplies of medications, and their dosing schedule
  • Written authorization for emergency medical treatment

From Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children by Jennifer Trachtenberg.

Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children

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