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Should our children go back to school? Dr. Wen helps you decide

February 18, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 07: Binasa Musovic (L), an educational paraprofessional and Chris Frank, a teacher at Yung Wing School P.S. 124, teach blended learning students during the first day back to school on December 07, 2020 at Yung Wing School P.S. 124 in New York City. Students whose parents opted for blended learning returned to school today after all were shut down on November 18 when New York City had reached a citywide positivity rate of three percent of all coronavirus tests performed over a seven-day period. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Leana Wen helps you decide whether your child should attend in-person school. She shares precautions your child should follow and how can you help your child prepare.

How will you decide whether your child should attend in-person school?

CNN: First things first — do the CDC guidelines mean that all schools are going to reopen immediately for in-person instruction?

Many schools may be at too high of a level of Covid-19 infection to reopen fully at this time, according to the CDC guidelines, while others can reopen once they have mitigation measures in place.

What's the level of community transmission, and what mitigation measures are in place at your child's school?

You'll need to look at where your child's school stacks up, according to the CDC criteria.

On the other hand, if your child has been miserable, and if you also need to get back to a more functional workday, that might tilt the balance more toward trying in-person schooling.

I can imagine many other circumstances where we would make a decision to send our children to in-person schooling.

CNN: Once you've decided to start your child at school, how would you prepare them?

If your child is going on a bus, discuss rules for distancing on the bus and make sure they know to wear a mask at all times.

What if the school needs to close or your child is sent home, do you have a backup child care plan?

If your child has any symptoms of coronavirus or is sick for any other reason, please do not go to school.

If your child has been to that school before, prepare them that things will feel very different.

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