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Returning to School in the Era of COVID-19

Educational Objective
To understand the risks of returning to school during COVID-19
1 Credit CME

What was once a routine ritual of returning to school in the fall is now fraught with uncertainty and challenges for families across the US, including the effect on family health, work productivity, and in-person academic, social, and emotional benefits to the child. In what has become a highly politicized arena, the study by Kroshus et al1 represents an important effort to survey parents directly about their concerns. Parents may be navigating multiple sources of information about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) to make the decision that is best for their family. This article finds that fears of COVID-19 or other associated diagnoses such as multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, confidence in the school system, or ability to homeschool factor into decision-making to return to school.

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Article Information

Corresponding Author: Nathaniel S. Beers, MD, MPA, HSC Health Care System, 1731 Bunker Hill Rd NE, Washington, DC 20017 (nbeers@hschealth.org).

Published Online: August 14, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.3874

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.

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