Coronavirus (COVID-19) & Asthma Toolkit for Schools: Resources for Teachers & Parents During the Coronavirus Pandemic by Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)

3 years ago

Coronavirus (COVID-19) & Asthma Toolkit for Schools: Resources for Teachers & Parents During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Schools are facing a major challenge in the 2020-2021 school year as many may be required to reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).

As schools develop new strategies for learning, school meals and physical activity while preventing the spread of the new coronavirus, some policies can impact children and staff with asthma. Required and/or suggested face masks or coverings, physical distancing, schedule changes and new cleaning practices will reshape learning environments. It’s important to understand how this may affect students and staff with specific health needs like asthma.

This COVID-19 and Asthma Toolkit for Schools is designed as a supplement to (not replacement for) current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and school district guidelines. It includes:

  • Checklists that will help school nurses and other staff create a healthier, more asthma-friendly learning experience. These lists include: health and hygiene practices, medicines and environment (air ventilation and more).
  • Respiratory symptoms chart (in English and Spanish) to differentiate between allergy, cold, flu and COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Understanding asthma basics.
  • Information on asthma-friendly school settings.
  • Sample letter for school nurses asking parents for an inhaler and spacer to be kept at school.
  • Resources for administrators, school nurses, teachers and facilities staff.

Get your free copy of the COVID-19 and Asthma Toolkit for Schools.

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Elisa Schmitz
What a great resource during these challenging times. Many thanks for all the helpful info you share, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) ! We appreciate your insights.
So confusing to know the difference between all the respiratory conditions and COVID. Thanks for this help.
Donna John
Such important information for teachers and parents. And it's always good to get information from a reliable source.
Gwen Johnson
My nephew has asthma, and this had put some much more stress on our family during this pandemic. I am going to share this information with my child's teachers and also with my sister. I can already see her printing out the sample letter for school nurses.

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