Pediatrician: What school will be like as kids head back 4 or 5 days a week

Written by on March 29, 2021

Pediatrician: What school will be like as kids head back 4 or 5 days a week

By Brittany Sweeney

March 29, 2021

Image by klimkin from Pixabay

Some Lehigh Valley schools are considering bringing back more in-person classes come April.

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But with coronavirus cases still prevalent, COVID restrictions remain in place. What will that look like for the students?

Dr. Tibi Villalobos is a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Lehigh Valley Health Network.

She describes what it may be like for kids since the CDC changed the recommendation from to 3 feet from 6 feet of social distancing in schools.

“I think they will probably be allowed to do participate in groups, that they were not allowed to do group activities that required sharing their workspace, That was not allowed. You certainly can have more children per square, per classroom, that I think that will help them to work jointly in the learning experience,” Villalobos says. 

But schools need to keep an eye on the numbers in their area.

“That has to do with the prevalence in the community. If your prevalence in the community is high, you can not go to the 3-foot distance,” she says. 

The new recommendation does not apply to activities that require an exchange of air such as sports or singing, she says. 

In April, the Allentown School District is considering a hybrid schedule, while Bethlehem Area School District wants to bring in younger students 4 days a week.

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