Students who have serious, acute, chronic or life threatening medical conditions often have special health care needs at school and school events. They may need an Individual Health Care Plan (IHCP). An IHCP is a formal written plan developed by the school staff together with the student’s family, school nurse, health care professionals and the student.

What is an Individual Health Care Plan (IHCP)?

  • Formal plan that defines the student’s needs due to the health condition.
  • Plan to resolve needs with goals, outcomes, priorities, and timelines.

Why An Individualized Health Care Plan?

  • Ensures the school has information and authorization
  • Specifies changes to the individual’s education needs
  • Addresses family & school concerns
  • Clarifies roles and responsibilities
  • Establishes ongoing teamwork, communication and evaluation
  • Addresses transportation needs

Students Who Might Need An IHCP May Include, But is Not Limited To:

  • Asthma
  • Seizure Disorder
  • ADHD
  • Chronic or acute medical conditions (cystic fibrosis, diabetes, cancer)
  • Physical disabilities
  • Medication and medical needs
  • Serious allergies

What Should an IHCP Include?

  • Child’s diagnosis and health care needs
  • Required accommodations
  • Goals, interventions, outcomes & timelines regarding appropriate self care
  • Make-up instruction for those with temporary or chronic illnesses or injuries
  • How instructional time is impacted by health care needs
    • Medication dosage schedule or necessary medical interventions
    • Emergency plan
    • Special services required, including field trips


Please contact Christie Beasley for further information regarding IHPs.
(931) 920-7976
christie.beasley@cmcss.net