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Springtime Asthma, Allergies, & COVID-19

From SCS School Nurse Hannah Donahue:

Hello, SCS families!

Spring is finally here, and with the spring weather many students experience allergy and asthma symptoms.

If your student has a history of seasonal allergies or asthma that becomes worse during spring weather, please reach out to your pediatrician for a school note! Allergy symptoms such as a headache, runny nose and congestion, and asthma symptoms like coughing and shortness of breath are symptoms that also can be experienced with a COVID-19 infection. 

Students having COVID-19 symptoms must be sent home from school and they must have a negative COVID test and be symptom-free for 24 hours before returning to school. However, if your child has a history of these symptoms, you can have your pediatrician write a note that would let them stay in school and avoid COVID testing.

Example note from pediatrician:

Student XYZ has a history of headache, runny nose and congestion during weather changes. If she has a headache, runny nose and/or congestion and no other symptoms (fever, body aches), she does not need to be COVID tested or sent home from school.

Families can request the note by calling their pediatrician's nurse line or sending a request through My UNC Chart/Duke MyChart.

If your child has asthma that is worse in the spring and does not have an inhaler at school, please consider having this DPS Medication Administration Form filled out by your provider, make sure to add the parent signature, and drop the inhaler off at school with your student. You also have the option of sending allergy or headache medicine to school for your child using the same form and the steps listed above. Even over-the-counter (OTC) medicine needs a doctor's order to be administered at school.

If you have any questions, I can be reached by call or text at 919-667-5544 or by email at


In good health,

Nurse Hannah