Every school year is a busy and stressful time for families raising children with allergies and asthma. This year, the concerns of going back to school are greater than ever due to COVID-19. To address your questions and concerns, Allergy & Asthma Network has put together reliable school resources to help you navigate this important time in your family’s lives.
School planning for allergies and asthma
First, check out Allergies and Asthma at School. Here you will find guidance for parents and separate guidance for school staff. Both discuss how to prepare for the school year, how to manage during the year, and what to do at the end of the year. Parents and staff may find the information regarding “when do I keep my child home from school” especially useful.
School planning for food allergies
Next, we have Planning for School with Food Allergies. For students with food allergies, sending them to school can be scary. So, on this page we discuss how parents and schools can prepare for kids with food allergies to safely attend school, any special precautions that should be taken. We also include information about the importance of making sure students have access to epinephrine in the event of anaphylaxis.
School planning for COVID-19
Lastly, we have COVID-19 School Resources for Managing Asthma and Allergies. COVID-19 has brought up a whole new set of concerns for people living with allergies and asthma. We have developed helpful frequently asked questions just about COVID-19 and school for those with allergies and asthma. The information includes the latest recommendations regarding the use of hand sanitizers and masks.
We hope these resources will provide guidance for families and schools as they begin to plan for the return to school in the coming months. Feel free to contact us for questions.