Last March, if someone told you schools would cease in-person instruction because of a global pandemic, you probably wouldn’t have believed them. But that’s the unprecedented reality parents nationwide were forced to face when COVID-19 swept across the country. And now, one year later, many kids are still dealing with Zoom instructions and dining room table desks.
“I believe everyone wants all children back in school,” says David Cennimo, M.D, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. In-person school has plenty of benefits for students, including better resources, fewer distractions, and the ability to practice social and emotional skills. Plus, school gives moms and dads a much-needed break from the demands of parenting, especially if they’re also working from home. To read the full story.