The Case for Getting Children Back in School

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This American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) bulletin encourages school districts to take every necessary COVID-related precaution, then get children back to school as soon as possible.

All children are losing opportunities to develop social and emotional skills.  In addition: unequal access to technologies is making racial disparities worse, many children are missing school meals, and approximately 50% of maltreated children nationally aren’t being reported to child protection, largely because teachers aren’t seeing them.

The AAP describes how schools have reopened responsibly by successfully controlling community spread of the coronavirus.  Safe partial reopening options include alternating in-person school days with remote learning, and implementing learning pods which provide socially-distanced, clean locations for small group tutoring.

Officials weighing when to reopen schools should factor in a sense of urgency about getting children back into settings where they will be seen and fed.

This week Safe Passage held our annual fundraiser.

View the inspiring program here

Click here to contribute to Safe Passage.

Join our webinar series on the impact of COVID-19 on victims of child abuse and neglect, sponsored by MVP Marketing + Design, a full-service digital agency. 

Wednesday September 30, 2:30 – 3:45 PM: Marie Cohen, creator of the blog Child Welfare Monitor, shared her survey of creative approaches being used by states to identify hidden victims of child maltreatment.  Recording and presentation here.

Wednesday October 14th, 2:30 – 4:00 PM.  Andrew Campbell, noted family violence expert, will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on child maltreatment and original ideas for addressing it. Register Here.

Wednesday November 11, 2:30 – 3:45 PM.  Victor Vieth from the Zero Abuse Project will present 25 Tips to Overcome Child Safety Risks caused by the coronavirus. Registration will open on Thursday October 15th.

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