Asthma, Diabetes, Food Allergies, Seizures
Research indicates that between 15% and 18% of children and adolescents in the United States have some form of chronic illness or disability.
Students with chronic health conditions can function to their maximum potential when their medical conditions are properly managed and their health needs are met. Student benefits from managed chronic health conditions include better attendance, improved alertness and physical stamina, fewer symptoms, fewer restrictions while participating in physical activities and special activities, such as field trips, and fewer medical emergencies. Schools, parents, students, health care providers, and the community should work together to provide a safe and supportive educational environment for students with chronic illnesses and to ensure that students with chronic illnesses have the same educational opportunities as other students.