Recognizing the fundamental importance of school in the development of adolescents, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued guidance for school re-entry. They strongly advocate “that all policy consideration for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically in school.”
Their statement recounts the negative impact that school closure and the lack of face-to-face learning has on school-age children. The issues range from diminished educational achievement, psychological impacts, and negative sociological consequences.
Their statement goes on to explain that current evidence suggests that COVID-19 behaves differently in children and adolescents than the normal flu. It appears that they are less likely to become infected, spread the infection, be symptomatic, or have a severe case.
The statement then recounts the measures that schools should follow to reduce risks from COVID-19 including physical distancing, mandatory face coverings, limiting student class changes, disinfection, and screening.
To learn more about American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations read: “COVID-19 Planning Considerations: Guidance for School Re-entry” or the article “U.S. Pediatricians Call For In-Person School This Fall”