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School reopening? What parents need to know and can do

March 30, 2021

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Claire McCarthy, MD, Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Claire McCarthy, MD, is a primary care pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital, and an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. In addition to being a senior faculty editor for Harvard Health Publishing, Dr. McCarthy … See Full Bio
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Kathy Bidwell
March 27, 2021

I’m a special education preschool teacher with students who have severe Autism. Most of them won’t keep a mask on, and maintaining 6 feet distance from them is unrealistic; they require physical assistance for a majority of the day(diapering, wiping noses, keeping inappropriate items out of their mouths, washing hands, etc).
We’ve been teaching 100% online since March 2020, and returning to in-person teaching mid-April. The kids are going to get sick; there’s always lots of colds when returning to the classroom after long breaks. Children are going to have symptoms that look like Covid symptoms. They’ll be sent home and we’ll wonder what we were just exposed to. But yeah, we’re returning to in-person teaching, for better or worse, we’re going back.

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