Individualized Health Plans
When you enroll your child in school, you will be asked questions about your child’s health status. Based on your answers, your child may need an Individualized Health Plan (IHP).
The IHP starts out as a collaborative effort between parents and guardians, healthcare providers, and the school nurse. Then it branches out and functions as a reference tool for teachers, coaches, and other staff, those who will be working closely with your child, on how to help your child stay healthy, happy, and ready to learn.
Here are a few examples of how an IHP can help a child:
o To help staff monitor for therapeutic effectiveness vs. potential adverse/side effects of medication.
o To help staff be prepared to administer life-saving medications for children with life-threatening allergies.
o To help staff be aware of all potential allergens in the classroom or lunchroom that could impact a child’s ability to focus after exposure because they would not feel well.
o Prevention of asthma exacerbations and hospitalizations.
o To help staff recognize signs and symptoms of life-threatening low or high blood sugar and what to do about it.
o Sometimes a child just needs to slow down and drink a glass of water. Sometimes a child needs more.
o To help remind staff of how to keep a child free from injury during a seizure.
If you have any questions about an IHP for your child, please contact the school nurse.