Asthma 

Asthma is a chronic health condition that affects the lungs (airways) and limits the ability to breathe air in and out of the lungs. According to the Centers for Disease Control it is estimated that 7.1 million children are diagnosed with Asthma Nationwide. Asthma can be a well controlled chronic disease through proper medical treatment and education, but it is important to understand that it is also a very serious and life threatening disease.

If your child has Asthma or you suspect they have Asthma it is important to make sure that your child’s school is fully aware their condition and any medication and action response that must be taken when symptoms appear. School staff cannot help your child if they are not aware of your child’s condition, what triggers it and how to properly respond when symptoms appear or an emergency is present unless the parents and/or guardians properly notify the school. It’s imperative that you speak to the principal or assistant principal, the nurse, and your child’s classroom teacher to make them aware of your child’s condition. Provide them with the proper forms and information (below) that will help them help your child in case of an asthma emergency.

If you are experiencing any difficulties with your child’s school regarding a medical issue, contact Offie of Diverse Learner Supports and Services immediately at (773) 553-1800 to request assistance.

Asthma education

According to the Center for Disease Control, asthma is one of the leading causes of school absences. It is estimated that 15 million school days per year are lost because of asthma. Increased school absences can affect students’ grades and their ability to keep up with their classmates academically. For more information about your child’s asthma and how it can impact their performance in school visit the Center for Disease Control.

Educational Resources:

Centers for Disease Control, Asthma Information 
Asthma and Allergy Foundation 
Allergy and Asthma Network 
American Lung Association 
Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago 
TeensHealth.Org 

Asthma forms

If your child has asthma, CPS requests that you and your child’s physician complete our asthma action plan form. Forms are available in  English and  Spanish.

Download and print the form above to take to your child’s doctor. You can also request a copy of this form at your child’s school. The form needs to be completed by your child’s physician and returned to his or her school. (Forms can be faxed or dropped off.)  You and your child’s school will then work together to develop a plan that will address your child’s medical needs.

Medication policy

Our medication policy outlines the steps that you, your child’s doctor as well as your child’s school must take to ensure that your student is able to be at his or her best each and every school day. Read our  medication policy.

Medication forms

According to our  medication policy students may carry inhalers with them throughout the school day. Please work with your child’s physician to complete the forms below. Once completed, forms should be returned to the school office or school nurse at your child’s school. (Forms can be faxed or dropped off.)

Medicine administered by your child's school

Your child’s school may administer medication to your child. Both you and your child’s physician will need to complete the forms below to give your child’s school permission to give medicine to your child. Once completed, forms should returned to the school office or school nurse at your child’s school. (Forms can be faxed or dropped off).

 Parent request for school to administer medicine to student
 Physician request for school to administer medicine to student  

Medicine administered by your child at school

Your child may administer his or her own medication. Both you and your child’s physician will need to complete the forms below to notify your child’s school that the student will be responsible for administering medicine to him or herself.

 Parent request for the school to allow child to administer medication to himself/herself 

To notify your child’s school that the student is able to administer his or her own medication, your child’s physician must complete the forms below:

 Physician request for the student to administer medication to himself/herself
 Physician request for student to carry an inhaler
 Physician request for student to carry Epi-Pen (if needed)

Once completed, forms should be returned to the school office or school nurse at your child’s school. (Forms can be faxed or dropped off.)

Resources

Center for Disease Control 
Chicago Asthma Services and Clinics in your area 
Asthma Education Information 

Contact Information

Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services
42 West Madison
Chicago, Illinois 60602
(773) 553-1800 | Main
(773) 553-1801 | Fax
odlss@cps.edu