Is it safe for students to return to the classroom? San Antonio doctor, teacher, counselor weigh in

What to consider before deciding on classroom or remote learning

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This back to school season parents are grappling with a big decision, whether to have their children learn in the classroom or at home. The coronavirus pandemic closed schools in early May forcing many teachers, students and families to adjust to remote learning. Now summer is almost over and there is no end in sight for coronavirus.

With many school start dates on the horizon, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently came out with their guidelines to safely open schools in the fall. Shortly after the Texas Education Agency released their guidelines. But many are critical of the push for in-person learning.

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“Our first responsibility before we teach, before students can learn, they have to be safe. Our educators have to be safe,” said Luke Amphlett, a teacher at Burbank High School. “We can’t educate youth if we’re not going to look after human life first.”

What is the risk factor for children?

According to Dr. Ruth Berggren, an infectious disease specialist at the UT Health San Antonio’s Long School of Medicine, the risk of infection and spread of the coronavirus is fairly low among children.

In Bexar County, 12% of cases are among people under 20. Local data does not specify how many cases are in people under 16. According to the city of San Antonio’s website, two people under the age of 19 have died from the disease.

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