As we near the end of summer and schools share their plans for reopening, there are many questions parents and caregivers have due to COVID-19’s impact on our communities. There are certainly no easy, one-size-fits-all answers to these questions. After all, we are facing an unprecedented situation.
Ultimately, the decision of whether to send a child back to school will be a personal one for each family, incorporating the overall physical and emotional health of the child, presence of high-risk underlying medical conditions in household members, the ability to learn virtually, the extent of community spread, the family structure and finances, and parent’s/child’s comfort level. The resources below are available to help families navigate their child’s return to school.
- American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
In the News
- Summer camps bring ominous virus warning in test run for schools (Bloomberg|Quint)
- Back-to-school vaccines your kids need (WebMD)
- Pediatricians are optimistic that students will be able to wear masks during the school year: 'Kids are really good at it' (Yahoo! Life)
- Spread of COVID in kids still a big unknown as Texas schools plan August reopening (Houston Chronicle)
- What to consider before class begins if your child has chronic health problems (NBC 2 KPRC)