Classified As 'Low Risk,' Experts Urge Preschools To Welcome Students Back Amid Coronavirus Crisis

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While most school districts are planning to go virtual to start the new academic year, many preschools remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic despite what may seem like a risky time to have a child in school.

Education experts are urging parents to send younger kids back as soon as possible. Full disclosure - I am one of those parents of a preschool age child. Our daughter, Rebekah, hasn't been back to her school since the shelter-in-place started in early March.

"I miss everybody in my school," she said.

A new national survey of 1,000 parents finds some four million preschoolers lost their programs due to the coronavirus crisis.

"There is no substitute for in-person, hands-on learning, social play," Dr. Barnett said.

That means safety requirements like outdoor play, keeping kids in small groups and, of course, masks or face shields. Rebekah said she's ready for those changes.

"Now I do want to wear a mask in the school because the coronavirus is here," she said.

We're planning to send her back to a real school when her older brother starts virtual 2nd grade.