American Academy of Pediatrics’ Southern California Chapter Calls for Classrooms to Reopen Immediately
The American Academy of Pediatrics’ Southern California Chapter weighed in on the school reopening debate last week. It's calling for the “immediate” resumption of in-person learning.
The group said the harm being done to students far outweighs the risk of viral transmission, which can be mitigated. The AAP pointed to low virtual student attendance and a rise in mental health disorders among children.
As the LA Times notes, state guidelines allow for in-person elementary classes when the seven-day average of daily cases is 25 or lower per 100,000 residents. For secondary schools, it’s 7 or less. When the AAP released its statement last week, LA County was far above that, at 38.7 cases for every 100,000. But that's a number that is thankfully, steadily falling.
Cecily Myart-Cruz, president of United Teachers Los Angeles, dismissed the organization’s reasoning. “Temporary trauma from distance learning” does not outweigh the risk of death for high-risk family members, she said. She also noted that COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted children and families of color.