More COVID-19 research needed to guide decision making for reopening US schools | TheHill

More COVID-19 research needed to guide decision making for reopening US schools | TheHill

As two working mothers, we each have children who, prior to COVID-19, were attending in-person school. The kids are now at home, like we all are, and hoping that schools will actually be able to reopen in the fall. The social distancing fatigue felt across America is matched, if not surpassed, by remote learning fatigue and impatience to return kids to classrooms. This is understandable. While schools have made valiant efforts, without much notice, to launch distance learning programs and continue students’ studies, even the best of these programs cannot replicate the educational, emotional, and psychosocial benefits of in-person learning. Not to mention the fact that schools are central to providing free meals and other critical social, special education, and medical services to many kids and families around the country. Apart from a concern that school children are losing ground academically, there are adults who can only work outside the home and may not be able to if their kids aren’t back in school buildings this fall. There is also the undeniable fact that it’s quite challenging for parents to work efficiently from home with kids underfoot, especially young ones who need attention, food, entertainment, help with their school work, and technical support to troubleshoot the latest glitch with their Web conferencing connection. But here is the rub. Much as we want nothing more than to see our kids reunited with their friends and teachers back at school, none of us want to put our children, their teachers, or our families in harm ...
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