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Caring for Children or Adolescents with Long COVID

Although Long COVID appears to be less common in children and adolescents than in adults, long-term effects after COVID-19 do occur in children and adolescents. Young children may have trouble describing the problems they are experiencing.

If your child has Long COVID and it impacts their ability to attend school, complete schoolwork, or perform their usual activities, it may be helpful to discuss possible accommodations with your child’s healthcare provider and school. Such accommodations may include extra time on tests, scheduled rest periods throughout the day, a modified class schedule, and others. School administrators, school counselors, and school nurses can work with families and healthcare professionals to provide learning accommodations for children with Long COVID, particularly those experiencing thinking, concentrating, or physical difficulties. You may also request similar accommodations for activities outside of school, such as day care, tutoring, sports, scouting, etc.

For more information, visit the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)’s Resource to Support Children, Students, Educators, Schools, Service Providers, and Families [PDF, 237KB, 10 pages].

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