Pediatricians urge return to in-person learning, with safety precautions in place

MADISON (WKOW) — UW Health pediatricians are recommending personalized learning for children this fall, despite the increase in COVID-19 cases due to the Delta variant.

In a press release Tuesday, UW Health assured parents that with proper infection control procedures, everyone should be able to have a safe school year.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics agree on back-to-school recommendations for the fall, saying students benefit from personalized learning.

dr. Gregory DeMuri, a pediatric infectious disease specialist, UW Health and professor of pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, believes what we’ve learned over the past year can help get kids back in the classroom.

“Now that we have this information, it’s our job to use what we’ve learned. If we do that, kids can go back to school and have near-normal activities,” said Dr. DeMuri.

According to UW Health, some key recommendations from local pediatricians and state agencies include:

Masks for students, teachers and staff K-12 regardless of vaccination status. Studies have shown that universal masking has been an incredibly effective tool in controlling the spread of COVID-19 in schools. Universal masking allows schools to operate normally for the most part. If children are exposed to COVID-19 in a completely masked environment, they don’t even have to go into quarantine. Keep 3 feet away between people whenever possible. The distance can be reduced in class or on the bus if everyone is masked. Vaccinations for students (12 years and older), teachers and staff. Vaccines are highly effective and have been extensively tested to show that they are safe. Wash your hands properly and use proper breathing etiquette such as coughing or sneezing. Stay home if you are sick.

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