Aug 17, 2017, WBIW Indianapolis: Parents, Schools Urged To Have Asthma Action Plans For Students http://www.wbiw.com/state/archive/2017/08/parents-schools-urged-to-have-asthma-action-plans-for-students.php Asthma is one of the leading causes of school absenteeism. As students head back to school this month, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is urging parents and schools to have a plan to help students manage their asthma and stay in class. An asthma action plan can help ensure children don't miss important time in the classroom and even save a student's life. Parents are encouraged to work with their child's doctor to create a plan that lists daily treatment or medications and when they should be administered. The plan also should include details on how to handle worsening symptoms or attacks and guidelines on when a doctor should be called and when to go to the emergency room. Plans should be signed by a physician and kept on file at school.