Parents Share Their Biggest Back-To-School Concerns for Fall 2020

Pediatricians say students should return to classrooms this fall, but there are still ongoing risks of COVID-19—not to mention parents worried about the safety of their children and how the heck any of this will even work.

With more than 2.7 million cases of the coronavirus in the U.S. to date and 55 million students home from school since March, working parents—many of whom have had to play teacher or worry about child care while attempting to work full-time—are feeling burned out and hopeless. And as if distance learning wasn’t awful enough through the spring, schools are now contemplating solutions for the fall that are, on one hand, necessary, but on the other simply unrealistic.

Many schools across the country are starting to introduce sweeping new rules for the 2020-2021 season—including mandatory face coverings, social distancing, and hybrid schedules, with part in-person and part distance learning for students. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has recently come out with guidance urging students to return to classrooms in-person come fall while adhering to coronavirus safety precautions, citing “evidence of the negative impacts on children because of school closures in the spring of 2020.” But they also acknowledge the very real fact that many schools just aren’t big enough for all students to return and practice social distancing. While many states’ education departments are offering guidelines for how schools can safely reopen, it’s ultimately going to be a custom solution for each specific school.

Surely a one-size-fits-all approach wouldn’t work in any area concerning COVID-19, but without a clear plan for what to expect when school starts back up, families are more concerned than ever. Here, parents share their biggest worries for the new school year.

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