CDC’s Strong Case for Re-opening Schools based on Science – Center for Disease Control
As families and policymakers make decisions about their children returning to school, it is important to consider the full spectrum of benefits and risks of both in-person and virtual learning options. Parents are understandably concerned about the safety of their children at school in the wake of COVID-19.
The best available evidence indicates if children become infected, they are far less likely to suffer severe symptoms.,, Death rates among school-aged children are much lower than among adults. At the same time, the harms attributed to closed schools on the social, emotional, and behavioral health, economic well-being, and academic achievement of children, in both the short- and long-term, are well-known and significant. Further, the lack of in-person educational options disproportionately harms low-income and minority children and those living with disabilities. These students are far less likely to have access to private instruction and care and far more likely to rely on key school-supported resources like food programs, special education services, counseling, and after-school programs to meet basic developmental needs.
Aside from a child’s home, no other setting has more influence on a child’s health and well-being than their school. The in-person school environment does the following:
- provides educational instruction;
- supports the development of social and emotional skills;
- creates a safe environment for learning;
- addresses nutritional needs; and
- facilitates physical activity.
Please join us in supporting Orange County youth sports being able to get back to scrimmages, games and tournaments. We are asking all youth sports groups and their families to send letters of support to the Governor Gavin Newsom. Everything you need is at GameOnOC.org. Please go to the Contact Governor Gavin Newsom link. There is a sample letter (pdf) you can cut and paste into the Governors link (2nd page) or create your own letter.
Thank you for your support.