Information for Schools

As more and more children/young people are being diagnosed with a chronic health condition such as asthma, diabetes, epilepsy and anaphylaxis, teachers are faced with the challenge of supporting a student with these conditions in school. This can seem like a great responsibility and one teachers, principals, school staff and parents can be anxious about.

To address this need, the Asthma Society of Ireland, Diabetes Federation of Ireland, Brainwave – the Irish Epilepsy Association and Anaphylaxis Ireland came together to produce a resource pack ‘Managing Chronic Health Conditions at School to help teachers and parents to work together and provide a safe and enjoyable school environment for students with any one of these conditions.

This pack is a toolkit containing:

  • Information on developing or updating your school’s guidelines on managing students with chronic health conditions
  • Standardised Healthcare Plan and template forms/letters that can be adapted to meet your school’s information need for each student with a chronic condition
  • Clear outline of parents, teachers and board of management responsibilities to aid communication and expectations of all parties in managing a student with a chronic condition on a daily basis
  • Practical information including an Emergency Plan on each condition for teachers and guidance on safe storage and safe disposal of medications at school

The resource pack and DVD’s were developed to support and enable teachers and parents to work together to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for students with a chronic condition as they go through school. Every school in Ireland will receive this resource pack in September 2011 and it is also available to download Managing Chronic Health Conditions at School or an Irish Version Ag Bainistiú Riochtaí Sláinte Ainsealacha ar Scoil.