Parents are being forced to make an almost unprecedentedly difficult decision right now — whether or not to send their children to school in the middle of a pandemic. Making this choice even more difficult is the fact that parents have very little guidance in the matter, with official messages changing on an almost daily basis. But you can still turn to professionals like your doctor to help you figure things out. So what questions should you ask your pediatrician before sending your kids back to school this fall? After all, this is completely uncharted territory. It's tough to know where to even start.
“There are so many factors and unknowns still with school plans. This is a big topic,” pediatrician Dr. Alison Mitzner tells Romper. While recent CDC guidelines emphasize the importance of reopening schools this fall, another set of guidelines issued for K-12 school administrators was more cautious in tone. Noting that computer simulations from Europe "have suggested the school reopenings may further increase transmission risk in communities where transmission is already high," the guidelines stated the importance of considering "community transmission risk" as schools reopen.
Ultimately, you might choose to homeschool or opt for virtual learning this fall. Your child's school might not even open (which makes the choice easy), or someone in your household is might be high-risk, or maybe you just don't feel comfortable with the idea. If you’re still on the fence, or even if you've decided to go ahead with in-person learning, read on for five questions you can ask your pediatrician before sending your little one back to school.