School asthma management plan act is law

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PORT CHESTER – US Senator Kirstin Gillibrand came to Port Chester on Monday to announce that $1.65 billion in federal aid is now available for school districts to development policies and procedures and implement training to respond to and help prevent students’ asthma attacks. Some $125 million of that will go to New York schools including the Port Chester-Rye Union Free School District.
Joined by Congresswoman Nita Lowey and school officials, Gillibrand said asthma has become “an epidemic” in New York.
“Too many kids are having to miss school or have overnight hospital visits because of their asthma, so we want to highlight the urgency of the issue but also some of the good work that is being done in Port Chester to abate these chronic asthma attacks because kids who don’t get the medicine they need or the right treatment they miss school,” said Gillibrand, who introduced the School Asthma Management Plan Act.
“Every child deserves the chance to be successful,” said
Lindsey Farrell, president of Open Door Family Medical Centers, which
partner with the Port Chester district to raise the awareness of asthma.
“Teaching students how to better control their asthma and incorporating
asthma education into district policy impacts children with asthma as
well as the health and success of every student in the building,”
she said.