Asthma and COVID-19
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, this brings new challenges for schools. Children with moderate to severe asthma may be at higher risk of complications from COVID-19, and parents may be struggling with this decision to send their children back to school. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated their COVID-19 prevention strategies for schools (July 9, 2021) including: promoting vaccination, consistent and correct mask use, physical distancing recommendations, screening tests and ventilation practices. Schools can help by passing along the message for parents to consult with their child’s healthcare provider to address concerns and develop a plan.
When preparing for students to return for in-person learning, there may be many questions about how school administrators, nurses, teachers and staff are managing the effects of COVID-19 in their school and how this may affect students with asthma. Addressing asthma management in school can help establish an environment that supports both learning and safety.
Be prepared for the 2021-2022 school year:
- Improve Asthma Management in Schools
- Four Steps to Create an Asthma-Friendly School (online course)
- Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative Toolkit
- Model Policy for School Districts: Stock Bronchodilators
- Student Readiness to Self-Carry and Use a Quick-Relief Inhaler:
- Asthma Action Plan for Home and Schools
- Practical Guidance For Schools & Schools Districts: Enhancing School Wellness Policies to Protect Student Lung Health
Page last updated: August 6, 2021