MADISON (WKOW) – UW Health pediatricians recommend in-person learning for children this fall, despite the increase in COVID-19 cases driven by the Delta variant.
In a press release Tuesday, UW Health reassured parents that with the proper infection control processes in place, 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 fall, saying students benefit from in-person learning.
Dr Gregory DeMuri, pediatric infectious disease specialist, UW Health, and professor of pediatrics in the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, believes what we’ve learned over the past year may help bring the children back to the classroom.
“Now that we have this information, it is our job to use what we have learned. If we do, the children can go back to school and resume almost normal activities,” said Dr DeMuri.
According to UW Health, some key recommendations from local pediatricians and national agencies include:
- Masking for K-12 students, teachers and staff regardless of immunization status. Studies have shown universal masking to be an incredibly effective tool in controlling the spread of COVID-19 in schools. Universal masking can allow schools to function largely normally. In fact, if children are exposed to COVID-19 in a completely masked environment, they don’t need to self-quarantine.
- Maintain 3 feet of distance between people when possible. Distancing can be reduced in the classroom or on the bus when everyone is masked.
- Vaccinations for students (12 years and over), teachers and staff. The vaccines are extremely effective and have been tested extensively to show that they are safe.
- Proper hand washing and proper respiratory etiquette, such as covering a cough or sneeze.
- Stay home when you are sick.