WASHINGTON (WLFI) - The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) released its sixth annual report Tuesday on which schools make-the-grade and which schools fail on policies concerning students with these medical issues.
Indiana is among eight states listed on the honor roll. It's the first time the state has ever been ranked this high since the report began in 2008. The Hoosier State met 15 out of 18 core criteria.
AAFA Vice President of Policy and Programs Charlotte Collins, JD, attributed Indiana's ranking to schools' policies on allowing students to carry their medication with them. She also mentioned the fact Indiana schools stock the necessary items needed in the event of an emergency.
Collins said although Indiana is among the nation's best, there is still improvement needed. She said specifically in the area of school nurses. Indiana does not meet the recommended ratio of one student nurse to every 750 students.
"Ideally, we would like a nurse in every school," Collins explained.
With the new school year approaching, Collins recommended parents make the trip to the pediatrician to update their child's asthma or allergy emergency plan. Then, make sure your child's school is aware of your child's needs. Talk with your child's teachers and the school nurse. Make sure the channels of communication are open, she suggested.
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