How do I let my child's school know about their health needs?
You can work with the school nurse to write an Individualized Health Plan (IHP). This document gives the school all the important and necessary information about your child, identifies and documents your child’s health needs (and how to manage them at school), creates health-related goals, documents interventions and solutions to potential health problems that may occur while your child is at school, and develops a thorough plan to train staff, address medical emergencies, and provide a safe environment in which your child can thrive. An IHP is a great way to make sure the school staff is informed about your concerns and that plans are in place to address the unique health needs of your child. This could include how medication will be administered, what and when your child should self-report, how their health will be monitored, and who the go-to person will be.
The IHP is meant to be dynamic, to serve as the basis for ongoing communication and collaboration between you, your child, their primary provider, the school, the school nurse, and the IEP or 504 team.
To learn more about what goes into an IHP, check out this article.