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FEATURE

Re-opening Schools
During the Pandemic

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By Ryan M. Mascio, DO

he stranglehold of the Coronavirus pandemic
continues to wreak havoc here in the United
States. New "hot spots" continue to pop up
each week; we continue to see record numbers
in terms of cases, and unfortunately deaths. As I've said
many times, this virus in unforgiving. The second and
third order effects of the pandemic present new challenges
for Americans to tackle. One that has taken center stage
is the return of students to school this Fall. The goal
of this article is not to further the politicization of our
children returning to school, but to provide important
information to facilitate informed dialogues on the topic
in hopes of coming up with safe and effective plans for
our children to return to school in some capacity.

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Schools are not simply buildings in which children go to
learn the core subjects of "reading, writing and arithmetic"
Monday through Friday, nine months out of the year.
They are much more than that. The foundation for our
children's social and emotional skills is fostered in schools.
Interacting with children their own age, but also with
younger children, older children, and adults, helps our
children become more socially involved and engaged. It is
these interactions, facilitated with teachers and school staff,
that enable our children to develop coping skills; and in our
current set of circumstances, developing healthy coping
skills is more important than ever.

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