Can't really wrap your head around kids returning to school...it seems that it has been a constant torrent of information for weeks, well you are not alone.

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On the topic of returning to the classroom, teachers in New York state are split down the middle.

A new poll from New York State United Teachers aired on WIVB-TV shows division among the state’s educators.

While surprising to some the poll says 50 percent are unwilling or at best reluctant to go back to in-person instruction in the fall.

What about the remainder?  The other 50 percent say they were either willing or eager to return to in-person teaching.

According to the CDC...As families make decisions about their children returning to school, we need to consider the risks of both in-person and virtual learning options.  Parents are understandably concerned about their child's safety in the wake of COVID-19.

The best available evidence indicates if children become infected, they are far less likely to suffer severe symptoms.   At the same time, the harms attributed to closed schools on the social, emotional, and behavioral health, economic well-being, and academic achievement of children, in both the short- and long-term, are well-known and significant.  Further, the lack of in-person educational options disproportionately harms low-income and minority children and those living with disabilities.

Aside from your home, no other setting has more influence on a child’s health and well-being than their school.  The school environment does the following:

  • provides educational instruction;
  • supports the development of social skills;
  • provides a safe environment for learning;
  • addresses a child's nutritional needs
  • facilitates regular physical activity.