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Going back to school with COVID?

The further that we get into August and the higher the COVID 19 infected, the more that sending our kids back to school will be an issue. As parent's of a 14 year old, it maters to us will our kid be safe. What level of illness floating around is a reasonable risk? How can he get that needed social contact with out contracting something that can injure or even kill him?

Everyone needs to follow what actions are occurring to help them find what is safe for their family.

Let's start with the politicians.
1. There is a great conversation between Representatives Kim Schrier and Katherine Clark. If you have not heard of Rep Schrier then you should know that she is a Doctor and parent of an 11 year old so she is a good person to listen to,
2. It recently became an issue with Florida Lawmakers when it Senator Rick Scott reveled that his Grandkids were going with distance learning instead of traditional school.
3. Baron Trump will be distance learning or a hybrid model instead of his father's all schools must open demand.

What happens when CNBC asked 20 medical experts? It really depends on the age of the child, location and level of support to the parents. More than half were on a wait and see or leaning towards remote learning. For the under 10 kids, they seem to transmit COVID-19 at a reduced rate.  One of the big problems is the kids under one (Infants) that catch it are at a higher risk of severe illness.

Dr Anthony Fauci, recently spoke on "Post-Viral Syndrome" at the International Aids Conference. "Brain fog, fatigue, and difficulty in concentrating," he stated. Young and healthy can still have very serious complications such as Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez dealing with heart issue stemming from COVID-19 infection. Yes, the professional such as the NBA are very concerned about the long term effects on their players.

Our Son's district attempted to do a summer conditioning program with a pre-screening work out. Eastmont closed shortly afterwords due to rising COVID-19 numbers in the county.  With this occurring, it is very unlikely that we will be opening with no restrictions on August 26

Update: Last night Eastmont announced that it would be a virtual opening. 

What are our options? What can we do now.

Be prepared with the insurance. If you don't have a health policy then let us know as you might qualify prior to the Nov 1st Open Enrollment. If you don't have a life policy then start on if there is permanent damage then this option will not be available. We use a fast shopping tool to cover kids. 

If your district takes a hybrid or remote options then be ready. Online learning takes discipline and starting cost. Not every teacher used the same system and the messaging was jumbled at times. There was a big disparity between rich and poor students. Our son has an established space and gear which made things easier.  Set up a study space at home that has supplies. If you are in a public school then being prepared for online is important. 

You can also bi-pass the local district and go with a specialized school. There is the Columbia Virtual Academy which is strictly online. The Internet Academy. Washington Virtual Academies. This will be a serious consideration since there maybe multiple COVID closures through the year with public schools if the infection rates spike. 

Which brings us to masks. They are recommended in public when ever you can not social distance. We treat them like t shirts at this point. You wear them with out holes and clean. You can get them easily online in many different styles.  Get your kids used to wearing them prior to that first day or else they have one more thing to struggle with.  

If you swing by our office on Wenatchee Avenue then let us know that you need a mask. We are giving reusable masks away until they are gone. If your kids are doing schooling expect masks. If they want to be part of an outdoor exercise program then they will probably need masks as well.

1630 N Wenatchee Ave, Suite 18 (In the Red Apple Center)


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