Healthy Tip Tuesday – School Decision-Making Tool for Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians

(Dennison, Ohio) – Many parents, caregivers, and guardians face new and difficult choices about how their child will return to school in the fall, such as deciding between in-person and virtual learning.

Healthy Tip Tuesday is brought to you by Trinity Hospital Twin City. 

The information in this article is courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The full article, including additional parent resources such as checklists, etc. can be found here

WHAT TO CONSIDER

Due to COVID-19, instructional formats such as class size, setting, and daily schedules will likely look different than in past years.

  • Consider the risks and benefits of these different instructional formats. For example, in-person instruction may offer easier access to school services and return to work for some parents and caregivers. But, also has a higher risk of COVID-19 exposure for your child than virtual instruction.

COVID-19 AND CHILDREN

Scientists are still learning about how COVID-19 spreads, how it affects children, and what role children may play in its spread.

  • Limited data about COVID-19 in children suggest that children are less likely to get COVID-19 than adults.
  • Data also suggests that when children do get COVID-19, they generally have less serious illness than adults, according to the CDC.
  • Common symptoms of COVID-19 among children include fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, headache, body ache, and diarrhea; many children may have mild or no symptoms.

Children at Increased Risk

  • There are more COVID-19 cases reported among children with intellectual and developmental disabilities than those without.
  • People of any age, including children, with certain underlying medical conditions, are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • Additionally, children who are medically complex, who have neurologic, genetic, metabolic conditions, or who have congenital heart disease might be at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, compared to other children.

For more information related to COVID-19 in Ohio, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov.

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