How Do I Deal With the School Regulations Concerning Asthma?

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Hello, my daughter has a very severe case of asthma and she is in her first grade. She has been skipping school a lot because she has attacks very often. Yesterday, she had an attack that lasted till the wee morning hours and she went to bed at 5 in the morning. I obviously cannot send her to school. The school has been very understanding in the past but now they decided that they should complain and we have to produce a doctor’s certificate to show that she has had an attack and could not show up. First of all I cannot understand why I should do that when we know that she had an attack and we treated her at home. Her doctor lives 110km away and I cannot drive there every time she has an attack – she would be really worn out from that. Apparently, the law says that asthma absences were in compliance with the disability law. I am very worried and I would like to know what I should do in this case. I want my daughter to go to school and I cannot afford home school for her. At the same time, I also cannot send her to school when she was worn out from the coughing and she had slept for 0 hours only. I am really concerned about this and I want to know what I can do in such cases. Thank you.
asked Dec 16, 2010 by anonymous