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healthline: Pediatricians Say Children Need to be Back in School, Here's Why

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By Christopher Curley

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has reaffirmed its stance on prioritizing in-person learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, along with “diligent adherence to safety measures such as vaccination, universal masking, and physical distancing.”

That guidance has many parents, many of whom have struggled with the demands of virtual schooling amid a lack of other social supports, breathing a small sigh of relief even as worries about what a COVID-19 case might mean for their children remain.

Pediatricians expressed similar sentiments from a clinical perspective.

“Schools are crucial to the well-being of children and provide not only academic instruction but also support services, nutrition, physical activity, medical care, and emotional and social development for children, in addition to other services,” said Dr. Jennifer E. Schuster, a pediatrician treating infectious diseases at Children’s Mercy Kansas City and an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. “As a community, we should be prioritizing the ability for children to attend in-person school safely during the pandemic.”


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