• Joe Cangas, MD

Should I send my kids back to school?

Updated: Jul 25, 2020

That is what I call a 'loaded question'! There are so many factors that play into answering this question that there is no one-size-fits-all answer. Heck, we haven't even decided what we are doing with our own children at this point. Here are some questions you may want to ask yourself when deciding:

  1. Is my child healthy? Meaning, is my child at increased risk for becoming severely ill?

  2. Will my children be around others with reduced immune function (elderly family, someone with cancer, someone chronically ill, etc)? If they are exposed at school, they could very well transmit it to someone else.

  3. Can my family deal with a schedule that may change day to day? If school closes, can I adjust my schedule with a moment's notice?

  4. If my child is exposed to COVID, can i quarantine them for 14 days?

  5. Am I willing to keep my child home for every runny nose, cough, or fever?

I know this doesn't answer your question, but it will hopefully help you work though making a good decision for your family. It's not going to be an easy decision for any of us, but we just have to each decide what is best for our children.

----As a side note, we have received a few calls for 'mask exemptions'. This puts us in a difficult spot. Again, there are so many factors that play in to this decision. For many reasons, we have decided that we will not be able to write exemptions for masks. I feel that if your child is not in a position to wear a mask in school, regardless of how you personally feel about wearing a mask, perhaps it is best to do remote learning. We understand that there is much debate over the use of masks, but since it will be part of most school's and businesses policies, it is not our place to override their difficult decisions.

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