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Pediatricians Want In-Person School This Fall
Jul 7, 2020
|The American Academy of Pediatrics has come out with a strong statement in favor of bringing children back to the classroom this fall wherever and whenever they can do so safely. The AAP’s guidance "strongly advocates that all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school."
The guidance says "schools are fundamental to child and adolescent development and well-being,” and cites "mounting evidence" that transmission of the coronavirus by young children is uncommon, partly because they are less likely to contract it in the first place.
On the other hand, the AAP argues that based on the nation's experience this past spring, remote learning is likely to result in severe learning loss and increased social isolation. Social isolation, in turn, can breed serious social, emotional and health issues: "child and adolescent physical or sexual abuse, substance use, depression, and suicidal ideation."
It says these impacts will be visited more severely on Black and brown children, as well as low-income children and those with learning disabilities.
AAP’s guidance for returning to in-person schooling includes recommendations about physical distancing, cleaning and disinfection, hand-washing, and using outdoor spaces whenever possible.
— Anya Kamenetz, NPR Ed Education Correspondent
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