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Students with Chronic Health Conditions Posters

How to Recognize and Respond to Health Emergencies

What Physical Education Teachers Need to Know
(Overview Document to the Poster Series)

Physical education (PE) teachers are part of the school health team that works together to keep students with chronic health conditions healthy, safe, and fully engaged in PE class. They must collaborate with the school nurse (or other licensed/trained school healthcare provider) to gain a general understanding of what a health emergency could look like and what to do in that situation. In some cases, they may also need to have a more intensive collaboration with the student, family, and school healthcare provider to understand individual student risks for a health emergency and how best to respond.

This poster series highlights four of the most common chronic health conditions in school-age children, what a health emergency might look like, and what action steps to take.