The most frequent question I am being asked in my practice by parents is how students can go back to school safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recent advice directed from both the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states that children learn best when they are in school. This guidance is based on what physicians and infectious disease specialists know about COVID-19 and children. Evidence thus far suggests that children and adolescents may be less likely to have symptoms or severe disease from infection, as well as, less likely to become infected or spread the virus. However, children can still become ill, so returning to school in person requires the need for careful steps and protocols to be set and in place to keep students and staff safe.
As a partner of Changebridge Medical Associates, a member of Consensus Health, in Montville, and a physician in our community for over 30 years, I am leaning on not only the medical expertise of myself and the providers in my practice but also on local and national health experts, local school leadership, educators and parents to decide the how and when of reopening our schools will be the safest. This is a monumental decision that will affect our entire community as it needs to take into account the spread of COVID-19, while at the same time making a determination if it is possible for in-person learning to be safe. Even if in-person learning does occur at the onset of the school year, schools and families should be prepared to return to remote learning in the event that COVID-19 cases spike or spread throughout our community.
In addition to having plans in place to keep our students safe, there are several other factors that parents and families need to prepare for as the school year approaches:
Returning to school is always a stressful time of year, this year more so than normal. But following protocols and safety plans from your physician and your school system, we can all join together to do everything we can to help protect the students, families, teachers and staff in this community. Have a safe and health 2020-2021 school year.
Dr. Frank Iannetta is a founding partner and Board-Certified Family Practice Physician at Changebridge Medical Associates, a member of Consensus Health, in Montville. Dr. Iannetta has dedicated the last 30 years to the families of Montville and the surrounding communities.
Changebridge Medical Associates, a member of Consensus Health, in Montville, NJ is a primary care and family medicine practice that has been serving the local community for over 30 years. The expert providers and staff of Changebridge Medical Associates have one priority: To provide the most thorough, compassionate, state-of-the-art medical care to their patients. They are highly trained in diagnosing, treating, and preventing diseases and illnesses that affect your entire family.
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Changebridge Medical Associates, a member of Consensus Health
170 Changebridge Rd BLDG C3
Montville, NJ 07045
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