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Chronic Conditions

If your student has a chronic condition, be an advocate for your student and follow these four steps at the beginning of every school year:

  1. Access the required forms for your student’s health condition by visiting cps.edu/medicalforms or speaking with your school nurse.
  2. Ask your student’s medical provider to complete and sign the forms.
  3. Bring signed forms and medication to the school nurse for review
  4. Work with the school to complete a 504 Plan/IEP or Emergency Action Plan.

Asthma

Students with asthma must be offered a 504 Plan. Plans must be updated each year and reviewed by school staff who work with your child. 

Your child can carry and self-administer their inhaler as long as the school is provided with the Parent Request for Self-Administration of Medication form and a copy of the asthma medication prescription and original medication box or container. Access these forms at cps.edu/medicalforms.

 

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Diabetes

Students with diabetes must be offered a 504 Plan. Plans must be updated each year and reviewed by school staff who work with your child. 

All students with documented diabetes must be assigned a Diabetes Delegated Care Aide (DCA) upon parent/guardian approval. DCAs must be full-time staff members who volunteer to assist students with diabetes when the school nurse is not available or not in the building. 

 

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Allergies

Every child with a documented life-threatening allergy must be offered a 504 Plan. Plans must be updated each year and reviewed by school staff who work with your child. Students are allowed to self-carry and self administer emergency food allergy medication (such as an epinephrine auto-injector) with written permission from their parent or guardian. A health care provider’s note is not required for epinephrine. Access these forms at cps.edu/medicalforms. 

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EpiPens

As part of the CPS’ Administration of Medication Policy, OSHW provides emergency epinephrine to all schools in accordance with state law. Students with documented food allergies and other life-threatening allergies should self-carry their physician-prescribed epinephrine at school.

Seizure

Per the Illinois Seizure Smart School Act, starting in School Year 2020-2021, school staff will be required to receive training on seizures. In addition, all schools with a student with a seizure disorder should have a trained Seizure Delegated Care Aide to assist that student with their Seizure Action Plan. With the proper paperwork, students are permitted to carry any supplies, equipment, or medication they need to treat epilepsy.

Administration of Medication

Over-the-Counter Medication

Designated school staff can dispense over the counter medications to students with written consent from a parent or guardian only. Over-the-counter medication will be stored with school staff. Students are NOT allowed to carry over the counter medication while at school.

Prescription Medication

Prescription medication requires a health care provider's note for school staff to administer. Prescription medication must be stored with school staff.

If the nurse is not in the school at the time a student requires access to medication, the staff person(s) designated by the school’s principal is expected to follow the student’s Individual Health Care Plan and oversee the self-administration of medications for an individual student.

Administration of Medication Policy Resources

  • Administration of Medication Policy [ ENGLISH ]
  • Chronic Conditions Policy [ ENGLISH ]

Student Health and Wellness

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