Back to SCHOOL 2020
Natural Solutions|October 2020
Back to SCHOOL 2020
Is your child ready to get back to school for the New School Year?
Dr. Daniel Carlin

Fun times always whizz by and the 2020 school year will be different. We had an opportunity to discuss the in-person school option with Dr. Daniel Carlin, who has provided tips on how you can reduce your child’s risk while going back to school.

As parents do “back to school shopping” do they need to consider any modifications in clothing, supplies or other essentials.

In working with kids, it’s as important as possible to maintain as much “normalcy” as possible. Reinforce for kids that we’re asking them to help protect themselves and their classmates not because this is so dangerous for them (unless they have other medical problems, the risk of severe disease for children is very low), but so they can help protect people like their grandmother or grandfather or others (including some younger people) who have other diseases.

What about face masks and/ or sanitation item’s.

Increasingly, authorities are saying that surfaces (door handles, tables, counters, etc.) play less of a role than originally thought. That doesn’t mean to ignore surfaces, but people, including kids, should not feel like every time they touch something they are at high risk of getting a severe disease! Be careful, but don’t “freak out” about touching things! Transmission of this virus is mainly driven by person-to-person contact: talking, shouting, singing in close proximity for extended periods, especially indoors. What this means for schools is that keeping “population density” down in the classroom (and other areas) is important and maintaining good ventilation is important. What will be difficult, especially for younger kids, is that they do tend to “rough-house” and play close together in ways that do support transmission. That kind of play is an important part of growing up and, beyond that, is a natural way for kids to interact. Trying to stop that will likely be a fools errand, but reducing to some extent will help to reduce risk. Fighting COVID-19 is not about eliminating risk – that’s impossible – it’s about taking reasonable steps to reduce risk and reduce transmission and keep transmission rates down throughout society – especially in those more vulnerable parts of society.

As parents do “back to school shopping” do they need to consider any modifications in clothing, supplies or other essentials.

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October 2020