Pediatric group pleads for school resumption despite pandemic

Pediatricians aired their own perspective for school resumption emphasizing that students need to appear in person in schools in the coming days immediately.

Even with the alarming rate of infections across the country, the academic, physical, and mental gains associated with returning children to schools outweigh the risks, the American Academy of Pediatrics concludes.

It should be noted that the American Academy of Pediatrics added this in its guidelines for safe school resumption across the nation.

The group admits that the right side of in-person learning cannot be overemphasized as the negative impacts of closing schools has started to tell on the students.

Adverse effects on delaying school resumption feared

The group noted that not only will the students face just learning deficits, they are also prone to lack support services like counseling that the school provides, and some adolescent issues like misuse of drugs or suicidal thoughts.

With the amount of time that the students have spent in their respective homes, lack of support services might have driven some of them to do illegal things.

With the length of the holidays, the students might be finding it difficult to cope in their homes, especially with the enforced lockdown which might have driven them into isolation which might lead to depression

The group further noted that the risks of isolation as a result of the lockdown will open the world to a high mortality rate in the coming months.

They mentioned other aspects that the students have lacked in terms of physical fitness by using the school gym and other impacted areas. Even though the virus infection rate is still high, returning children to schools outweigh the risks, the American Academy of Pediatrics concludes.

Looking at the effects of the lockdown on the American population, there has been strain on food, security especially with the protest that has rocked the whole of America.

Pediatric group wants CDC guidelines adopted

 In the recommendation, the group noted that even though examinations are still ongoing on the virus, there should be flexible plans for proper resumption.

The group said it believes that children have a better immune system and cannot spread the virus-like previously mentioned, and checks would always be carried out at intervals.

These new guidelines by the pediatric body mirror the Center for Disease Control guidelines, which was released for school resumption across the country.

The group noted that instead of the previous six feet space as said by the CDC, the students could have an area of just three feet.

Finally, students would always wear face masks and undergo tests, but as it stands now, returning children to schools outweigh the risks, the American Academy of Pediatrics concludes.