A: While distance learning is the safest option to prevent COVID-19 infection, some school districts and state governments have decided to open schools. Discuss measures to reduce infection risk of infection and distance-learning options with teachers and school administrators.
As K-12 schools consider how to safely reopen for in-person learning, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated considerations on Feb. 11, 2021, for school administrators to help protect students, teachers, staff and families and slow the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. These updated Considerations for Schools (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/schools.html) cover behaviors that reduce COVID-19 virus spread and maintain healthy environments and school operations, and how to prepare when someone in the school community has COVID-19.
The American Academy of Pediatrics provide guidance for school re-entry policies. Find federal guidance on school responsibility for students with disabilities during COVID-19 here.
Consider the infection rate your community and other factors to determine whether your child should attend school in-person. Those factors include your child’s:
- Health (and that other household members), such as PH or other preexisting health conditions.
- Age (K-12 or college).
- Ability to practice physical distancing.
- Ability to learn independently.
Other factors include:
- Work and financial situation.
- Childcare options.
- Access to school meal programs.
- Opportunities for social-emotional support.
- Available academic instructional format (i.e. class and school size, virtual learning options).
Consult the CDC’s Decision-Making Tool for Parents and Guardians to help weigh your options.
Find federal guidance on school responsibility for students with disabilities during COVID-19 here.
Discuss your decision with your PH care team and ask how to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection for you, your child and other members of your household.