The Brain Gazette
We’re almost there — back to school starts by the end of the month!
The prospect of a very different academic year looms. To illustrate this, schools are offering continued distance learning, staggered schedules and hybrid options to ensure continuous learning while keeping everyone safe.
For parents, tick-tock. Time is almost up to decide whether or not to send kids back to school.
WHY SAFELY GOING BACK TO SCHOOL IS CRITICAL?
Online learning proved useful last school year. But the premature academic disruptions due to the pandemic ushered in unseen dangers: anxiety, depression and other serious mental health conditions among children.
It’s important for students go back. That much is true. More than just a venue for continued academic progress, schools remain the best place to learn for most for a great majority. And for practical reasons.
Children learn from the meaningful social interactions in real time and space outside education. Physical, mental and social aspects considered, schools afford growth from a full developmental standpoint.
Plus, sending them back allows parents to resume working.
SO, IS IT SAFE TO SEND CHILDREN BACK TO SCHOOL?
As summer ticks away, decisions fall on parents’ shoulders. Unfortunately, there is no cast-iron guarantee. The consensus: it’s up to each family to evaluate and consider individual risks.
To be able to fully gauge the risks, perhaps it serves to reframe the question: is it safe for the entire family to send them back to school?