Pediatricians Call for Urgent and Safe Reopening of Schools
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Recommendation for Urgent Reopening of Schools

The American Academy of Pediatrics, California Chapter 3’s COVID-19 & School Partnership Committee hereby reconfirms our recommendation for urgent, safe school reopening for all K through-12 students.

As physicians caring for children, we operate at the nexus of public health and individual health. The safety of children, educators, and staff is our utmost concern, and its priority should be fundamental in planning school-reopening. Every day students are not in the classroom is detrimental to their physical and mental well-being. The leadership of the AAP-CA3, representing over 500 pediatricians in San Diego and Imperial Counties, strongly supports the urgent safe return of students to in-person education with the appropriate mitigation measures in place of mask wearing, hand washing, cohorting and physical distancing.

CA pediatricians say students can safely return to the classroom.

Reopening schools across the state is a priority for Governor Newsom but some school districts and teachers are still pushing back on being in the classroom during the pandemic. Most people agree that kids need to be in school but it’s how to get that done that’s a source of contention between the Governor and some teachers but today the Governor found a new ally.

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KPBS Evening Edition – February 10th 2021

New evidence, new images of the deadly rioting at the U.S. Capitol. This as Democrats make an emotional case to impeach former President Donald Trump again. Plus, the new movement to get kids back in school. Who’s lending their support, and voices to make it happen. And we take an in-depth look at the vaccination process here in our county. Where are we when it comes to reaching the goal of getting the shots people need?

Pediatricians: Pandemic causing increased rates of childhood obesity

Pediatricians across the nation have seen how the pandemic has affected children’s mental health. But they are also seeing alarming trends in their physical health. They say there is a growing number of children becoming obese.

Doctors Cite Harm to Children Shut Out of School

Pediatricians across san Diego County say they are deeply trou­bled by what they see school closures doing to children.

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Students Should be on Campus. Time for Online Learning to End.

Locally, the San Diego Unified School District made the decision to close all of its schools effective the following day to “prevent the spread of coronavirus” on March 15. A wave of school closings ensued, starting in small pockets and spreading nationwide from pre-school all the way through our colleges and universities.

Read the entire Op-Ed, written by Janet Crow, a clinical professor of pediatrics at UC San Diego.

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