30 million people in Germany suffer from allergies, which corresponds to about one third of the population. This figure also applies to students. Untreated allergic rhinitis in students can lead to a 30% decrease in performance. This can result in test scores that are lower by up to an entire grade point.
The aim of the ECARF Seal for allergy-friendly boarding schools is to improve the school environment for students with allergies by ensuring that the needs of allergy sufferers are addressed.
The ECARF Seal of Quality certifies that a school has made uncomplicated and practical adjustments to accommodate students with allergies. Although public areas such as an auditorium or dining room can never be completely allergy-free, compliance with the ECARF criteria significantly improves the environment and quality of life for students with allergies.