(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.
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.