Graduation Date


Document Type

Senior Thesis


Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Primary Major


Program Director

Andrea Boyle, PhD, FNAP

Thesis Advisor

Patricia Harris, PhD, RN


Communicable diseases and infections are common health problems among children. Among the most impactful communicable diseases present today is COVID-19, a disease caused by a virus named SARS-CoV-2, which has forced many school closures due to rapid transmission. Despite children not being the main driving factor of the spread of the disease, severe complications underlying COVID-19 incidence have resulted in increased hospitalization among school-age children.The initial global response to the spread of COVID-19 included the closure of school systems; however as the disease continues to be effectively managed, communities are starting to re-open schools partially or entirely nationwide. Although pharmaceutical measures are highly effective, this thesis will explore multiple non-pharmaceutical prevention strategies aimed to further reduce the risk of COVID-19 with assessing the impact of health education in school-aged children. This paper will examine the many facets of this topic, separated into three subtopics:

  • The Impact of COVID-19 on School-Aged Children,
  • The COVID-19 Preventative Intervention Within Schools, and
  • The Behavioral Impact in Educating School-Aged Children About Effective Practices.

The main topic and three subtopics are discussed at length through a review of this literature and the paper’s proposal.