Managing chronic health conditions can present daily challenges for children and adolescents who spend many hours in school. Some conditions can present emergency situations and need immediate attention. Others can be managed properly with daily monitoring. Some conditions, like uncontrolled asthma, can lead to higher rates of school absenteeism, putting some students at risk for lower academic achievement.
The CDC is addressing this public health issue with research and strategies to help students complete each day at school, safe and ready to learn. The CDC Healthy Schools website has new information on school health services that include acute and emergency care, care coordination, family engagement, and the management of chronic health conditions in schools. New resources have been added that focus on evidence-based strategies schools can use to manage students’ chronic health conditions and improve students’ academic achievement.
Managing Chronic Health Conditions in Schools Webpage
Resources from the CDC on Asthma, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Food Allergies, Oral Health, and much more (CDC, 5/9/17).
Chronic Disease Checklist
Managing the Needs of Students with Chronic Diseases in a School Emergency (Word document)
Includes information to assist schools in providing a safe environment for students with chronic medical conditions. Permission granted by the author: Vicki Taliaferro, RN, BSN, NSCN.
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