MOH for Huron, Perth discusses school decisions

Dr. Miriam Klassen, Medical Officer of Health, Huron Perth Public Health.

With families making decisions about what to about back to school, the Medical Officer of Health says there are a couple of principles that should be considered.

Dr. Miriam Klassen says the decision to send children to school or keep them home depends on each family’s situation.

“First of all, does your child have any particular medical vulnerabilities. We know most children infected with COVID-19 experience mild illness and recover without much help. However a very small number of children do get a severe illness,” said Klassen. “It’s likely that children with underlying medical conditions such as cystic fibrosis or cancer or diabetes maybe at more risk.”

The other part of discussion also has to do with who lives at home and who else may be vulnerable.

Dr. Klassen says families also need to ask themselves what the benefits will be with being in school. That includes balancing education with social and emotional development against the greater risk of transmissions.

“It’s good for their education and good for their social and emotional development. The second principle is that as we open up more spaces for people to gather, there will be more cases of COVID-19. ”

Local school boards have asked families to fill out questionnaires and surveys and are working on back to school plans.