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Q&A: Back-to-School Safety During the Coronavirus

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As summer winds down and school is on the horizon, two issues weigh heavily on parents’ minds: What will education look like this fall, and what’s best for my child and family during the coronavirus pandemic?

At Children’s Hospital Colorado, we want to help parents and caregivers make informed decisions based on facts, and we know that every family’s situation is different. For some families, working from home, virtual learning or homeschooling are viable options. Other families are choosing for kids to return to school for social interaction with peers and in-person learning. And for others, schools play an essential role in children’s access to technology, mental health services, physical exercise and food.

In short, we also know that parenting is hard, and parenting during the COVID-19 pandemic is even harder. So to help prepare your family for the school year, we rounded up our experts to address frequently asked questions from real parents – all focused on keeping precious little minds and bodies healthy.

Stay up-to-date with the latest information about the coronavirus in Colorado

In addition to looking to your school for updates, you can stay updated about COVID-19 in Colorado and in your community by checking information from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). The COVID-19 data case summary page shows daily updates and changes over time; note the percent of positive tests. Most local public health departments also share coronavirus news and data on their websites and social media accounts.

You can also check out our answers to common questions about COVID-19 for information about the coronavirus and how to keep your family healthy.

Editor's note: This page was updated on August 5, 2020. Due to the shifting nature of the coronavirus pandemic, recommendations can change quickly. Please follow all rules and guidelines set by state and local public health and safety authorities. Reference the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) for immediate updates on COVID-19.


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