September 21, 2020 / By Richard Shrouds, MD, Chief Medical Officer Molina Healthcare of South Carolina
Distance learning versus in-person school
There has been a great deal of debate about how to safeguard our kids as they go back to school during the pandemic. Which strategy is the best one? Different regions have different solutions.
Some school districts have moved to all-online classes. Certainly, avoiding physical interaction decreases the spread of COVID-19. And many Americans rate the end of the pandemic as our country’s most important goal. But distance learning carries risks, too: kids miss out on social development, emotional interaction, nutrition, exercise and speech development. And social isolation increases anxiety and depression.
Happily, there are steps you can take to better protect your children, no matter what your family is facing for this school year. And since protocols vary from one community to the next, we’ve collected basic tips for a range of different environments, below.
In-person learning suggestions
Ensuring safety requires quite a few steps, beginning with but not limited to these:
Whenever they aren’t at home with family, children (and everyone else) should wear masks
Masks have been proven to greatly reduce the spread of infection, which is why medical professionals have worn them for years. Help kids get comfortable with mask-wearing by:
Every mask should:
At-home learning tips
Remember that the pandemic is a stressful situation for you as well as your child. Be patient with kids, and with yourself. And try to:
The more you can stay in the present and focus on what is going well right now, the easier it will be for your children to adopt this skill and keep moving forward, too.For more information, visit the source of this data at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/parent-checklist.html