Although some children may seem eager to make their way back into the classrooms, schools need to open as safely as possible. School plays a critical role in a child’s education and overall well-being. For in-person schooling to be successful, schools should work with health officials from their state and local communities. With hundreds, even thousands of students passing each other each day, schools have stayed closed to slow the spread of COVID-19, but with cases lowering, schools and parents have big decisions to make. Let’s take a look at factors that play a role in the return of in-person schooling.
Importance of Education
Not sending kids back to school after a year off can take a toll on their academic performance. Although virtual schooling came into play studies, have shown that students went into the 2020-2021 school year learning under 70% of the language skills they typically would gain during a regular school year. It’s also safe to say that younger students lost out on even more skills than older students. Students that live at home where English is their second language have also been greatly affected. School is known as the place where students get time away from home and learn the essentials of life and education.
Safety of Everyone
In the Fall of 2020, many states across the country determined that it was safe for students to return to the classrooms as long as safety precautions were put in place. Since the start of the pandemic, it was proven that younger people are less likely to be infected with the virus than adults, which is a big reason schools shut down. Many teachers and administrators are above the age mark, and if they were to get infected, not only could they risk getting very ill but also spreading it like wildfire. Schools have mandated for students to wear masks and practice social distancing to the best of their ability. Many classrooms have separated student’s desks and even blocked off seats between students in the lunchroom.
Providing Families With a Choice
All families have their stance and vulnerability to COVID-19. Some parents and guardians had a smooth transition into virtual school for their children and aren’t sure about sending them back. Schools should inform families about their plans to create a safe learning place for students and point out the positives that will come from it. This doesn’t mean that families should feel forced to send their children back, but they should be given an option and all the information needed to make the best decision for their child,