Kansas City-area parents, pediatricians react to CDC’s new back-to-school guidance

Kansas City, Mo. – As the COVID-19 delta strain continues to spread through the Kansas City subway, Christine Kane, a mother of three, said she is confident in sending her sons back to school.

“My kid’s school was personal all the time and so we had really good results with that while wearing masks,” said Kane, who lives in Kansas City. “So I think we’ll continue with that. We’ll follow what our school district says.”

Since all three of Kane’s sons are under the age of 12, she understands the risks of not wearing a mask.

“I think with masks and safe distancing and social distancing and safe hygiene we can knock this out of the park too,” Kane said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new back-to-school guidelines Friday stating that students who are 12 years or older and have been fully vaccinated are no longer required to wear masks at school. Students who are 2 years of age or older and who are not vaccinated are still required to wear masks.

dr. Angela Myers, infectious diseases division director at Children’s Mercy, said it is important that families like Kane’s follow these recommendations to slow the spread of COVID-19 and its delta variant.

“Whether or not physical distance can be maintained, you should have that mask on your face that covers your nose and mouth so you’re much less likely to inhale someone else’s respiratory particles,” Myers said.

However, for parents still concerned about returning their children to school safely, Myers said talking to school district officials.

“Did they mask children or not mask them? Can they take the physical distance or not?’ said Myers. ‘What are they doing in the lunchroom? Do they emphasize hand hygiene?”

Aside from following previous CDC recommendations, Myers said parents should be transparent with their child’s pediatrician about hesitation to vaccinate their children if they have not already done so.

“Please talk to your pediatrician or your child’s primary care provider about your concerns, your questions about the vaccine, or even the delta variant,” Myers said, “and go through the process with them about what to do for your child at this school.” to do. year.”

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