Long Island School Districts Preparing To Reopen Schools Safely

Sophia Hall
July 31, 2020 - 7:29 pm

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    MINEOLA, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Depending on the school district on Long Island different plans are being made to reopen schools safely. 

    The main question for parents, however, is: will my child be safe?

    Many realize that until a vaccine is developed and distributed, the school year will look very different, and while there may be concerns about reopening the schools, administrators are preparing a school year around the safety of students and faculty.

    Dr. Robert Dillion, district superintendent for Nassau BOCES, says school administrators plans include both in the classroom and remote learning.

    “They’ve all taken a look at their individual classrooms, their facilities. They made adjustments and accommodations. They’ve removed furniture,” he explains.

    Dr. Christina Johns, a pediatrician and pediatric emergency physician from Maryland, told WCBS 880 anchor Steve Scott that some school districts “will have difficulty being able to successfully achieve the recommended safety guidelines that have been set out by the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics for safe reopening.”

    She has recommended a safety-first approach to reopening, and Dr. Dillion says the schools will be prepared.

    He says some parents have concerns about younger children wearing a mask for eight hours, and they are considering options to give kids a break.

    “We’re building in opportunities for the children to be mask free in a safe environment, socially distant,” he explains. “I think the peer pressure, in most of the cases, will have the children wearing the mask because it will be cool to wear a mask, because everyone will be doing it.”

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