In the time of COVID-19, kids can keep learning if we build the village | Opinion

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Today I begin with an apology to local educators who might have taken some of my criticism of our school apparatus personally. Such is often the case, and this emotional reaction blocks any meaningful thinking about complete restructuring. I’ve been critical. I’ve made an attack. I have only praise and admiration for any teacher who can succeed in the current environment. 

It isn’t difficult to succeed under the current criteria, especially in our region, where “all the kids are above average,” so my proposal likely won’t fly easily, and if we were to actually get it off the ground, we might only see it as a stopgap until we get back to normal. On the other hand, this is the perfect moment to try it, because normal isn’t possible right now, and who knows? We might actually realize we’ve discovered something better.

I’m in no way criticizing our teachers. Some

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How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus

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“Will I have a birthday this year?” My 10-year-old daughter’s question startled me. “Of course you will. Birthdays happen every year, no matter what,” I answered. “Well I know I’ll turn 11 but I meant, will I get to do anything fun this year? With my friends? Or will it be another Zoom party?”



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Ah. The coronavirus killjoy strikes again. Over the past few months, my daughter has watched her brothers celebrate birthdays, one brother’s graduation, a friend’s funeral, and a relative’s baby shower—all online, for social distancing purposes. It was no wonder she was already thinking about her fall birthday and wondering what would happen.

“I’m not sure, we’ll have to wait and see what the virus is doing in the fall,” I finally said.

She burst into tears. She’s not a child that cries easily, but this time a torrent of heartbreak flooded

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5 Best Savings Accounts For Kids

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Roughly 46% of the Philippine population is 19 years old and younger. This means that half the country’s population is yet to experience important milestones in their lives – graduating college, getting their first job, finding ‘the one’ and marrying. The list goes on. With so many life events they’ve yet to experience, it’s important for parents to help provide a brighter future for their children.

Parents can provide their kids a bright future through multiple ways. Aside from talking to them about basic money concepts, another way to teach them about money matters is by opening a savings account.  Giving them the responsibility of handling their own account teaches them important values and skills they need when they grow older. Moneymax.ph rounded up the top 5 savings accounts (in no particular order) for your teens and kids:

1. Equicom Kiddie Builders Savings Account
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Your kids could get the coronavirus when they go back to school. These are the risks and benefits to weigh before sending them.

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  • Parents are weighing the coronavirus-related risks of sending their kids to school against the education and social losses of keeping them home. 

  • Kids are generally less susceptible to severe illness than adults, but it’s still possible for them to be infected. 

  • Keeping your child home could negatively impact their mental health and delay their social and educational development. 

  • The prevalence of the virus in your community and your school’s plans for controlling the virus also matter. 

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This was supposed to be Vanessa Wingerath’s “golden year.” For the first time, her three young children would all be in school, and the Tucson-based doula would have more time to focus on herself and career.  

Then the coronavirus pandemic hit, and sending kids to school was no longer a given. 

Sending only one or two kids to school could topple the family dynamic. Keeping

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How kids and teens are coping with screen time as they learn during COVID quarantine

Since mid-March, when most schools around the U.S. closed due to COVID-19 precautions, kids and teens have had to quickly adapt to learning virtually — which means more sitting and more screen time. Hanging out with friends after class or on weekends became a thing of the past as health officials called for social distancing measures.

The last pandemic occurred over a hundred years ago, well before “screen-time” became a thing. Though the health implications of increased screen time among young people has been studied over the past decade, the effects of more time spent online as a substitute for in-school learning, hasn’t yet been mined.

Doctors in many fields, however, such as physical medicine, psychology and ophthalmology, are already spotting signs and symptoms that could indicate future trends of how increased screen time for virtual learning, combined with a reduction of in-person interaction, is affecting young people’s lives.

Dr.

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Why My Kids Won’t Be Returning To School Yet

It’s consuming every mother—every parent—I know. This decision we’ve never had to make before, and never expected we’d be forced to make. Most of us aren’t teachers. We don’t want to homeschool. We work full or part time or have a sea of babies and toddlers under our feet and have no idea how we’ll manage this continuation of e-learning/at-home learning. And yet we can’t fathom sending our kids into the unpredictable COVID-19 petri dish that schools will inevitably be.

So we turn to experts for advice. What do does the medical community recommend we do? What are they doing with their own children? Maybe if we do enough research or read enough articles or talk to enough experts, our path will become clear and we’ll know what the right choice is. Or maybe we’ll still continue to fumble through this fog, not knowing what’s right, praying we’re making the

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Open schools for younger kids, top pediatrician says

Kindergarten teacher Holly Rupprecht carries plexiglass panels to her room at Zion Lutheran School in Bethalto, Ill., on Monday. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
Kindergarten teacher Holly Rupprecht carries plexiglass panels to her room at Zion Lutheran School in Bethalto, Ill., on Monday. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

WASHINGTON — Younger children pose a smaller risk of catching and transmitting the coronavirus, a top pediatrician told Congress on Thursday, providing a scientific argument for why elementary schools could potentially open in parts of the country next month.

“School systems may consider prioritizing the return of younger children and taking additional measures to ensure physical distancing and the wearing of face coverings among older children,” Dr. Sean O’Leary told the House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education on Thursday morning. 

The hearing was titled “Underfunded & Unprepared,” a sign of how House Democrats, who control the chamber’s agenda, view the matter. 

O’Leary, a vice chair for infectious disease at the American Academy of Pediatrics, also cited a South Korean

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Ontario finalizing fall school plans with goal to put kids back in class five days a week

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2:10 p.m.: Details on Ontario’s school plan to come next week

Ontario’s Minister of Education Stephen Lecce teased that

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Republican Governor Says School Kids Who Catch COVID-19 Will ‘Get Over It’

The Missouri Governor also says children not returning to school ‘will create more problems than the virus will ever think about creating’

On Friday, the Republican governor of Missouri not only pushed for kids to return to school, but he also controversially stated that once they do, they’ll get COVID-19, they’ll “go home,” and they’ll “get over it.”

Missouri Governor Mike Parson was a guest on local talk radio station KFTK when he discussed with host Marc Cox COVID-19, face masks, and “moving forward” — which, according to Parson, includes kids returning to school.

“These kids have got to get back to school,” Parson said, per HuffPost. “They’re at the lowest risk possible. And if they do get COVID-19, which they will — and they will when they go to school — they’re not going to the hospitals. They’re not going to have to sit in doctor’s offices. They’re

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Where to Buy Face Masks for Kids Online

Reusable face masks are one practical way to help slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Over the past few months, companies across all kinds of industries have started to sell cloth face masks for adults — and some are making face masks for kids with fun prints.

If you’re a parent looking for personal protective equipment (PPE) guidelines for your children, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that anyone over the age of two wear a face mask while outside of their home. Whether you’re dealing with an adult mask or a kids’ mask, make sure it fits snugly but comfortably against both sides of the face, can be secured with ties or ear loops, includes multiple layers of fabric (most have two or three), allows for unrestricted breathing and is washed regularly.

Getting your kid comfortable with wearing a face mask — and then actually keeping

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