AAP Releases Guidance on How to Reopen Schools for the 2020-2021 Year

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Summer is here, but many parents are wondering what the 2020-2021 school year will look like and whether or not it will be safe to send kids back. Last month, the CDC released their considerations for schools. Now, the American Academy of Pediatrics has released their recommendations for the school year amid the ongoing pandemic.

The AAP’s interim guidance states that in-person schooling is critical for having important conversations around racial and social inequality. “Evidence from spring 2020 school closures points to negative impacts on learning. Children and adolescents also have been placed at higher risk of morbidity and mortality from physical or sexual abuse, substance use, anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation,” the AAP explained in a press release on their guidelines. “The AAP strongly advocates that all policy considerations for the coming school year should…

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