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Past Questions:

Will my child fall behind due to remote learning?

Answer by Maxine Roeper Cohen, M.S.

"A recent Newsday virtual forum brought together parents, superintendents, and teachers to address this issue. School is different, whether it’s all virtual or a hybrid model. Parents are worried that their children are not learning enough. Parents can breathe a sigh of relief as educators understand how easily distractible children are, especially young children, when they are not in a school setting. It’s difficult for them to stay focused, and they also miss their friends and having live interactions. Teachers also miss seeing their students in class and cannot connect as well online. The bottom line is everyone is more engaged in a school setting than in a home setting.

Safety will dictate when all children are able to return to a school building. Please remember that children are flexible and resilient. Over time, children can make up for any deficits in their education during the past year. It’s helpful if parents stay positive and flexible, and act as good role models for their children."

How is my child’s physical health affected during Covid-19?


Answer by Maxine Roeper Cohen, M.S.

"A December, 2020 Cornell University symposium addressed this topic. More than a couple million children have already had Covid. So far, the long-term health impact indicates a fairly low risk for significant disease, and long-term side effects are uncommon. A vaccine for children will take months of trials before being offered to youths. Since none of the available vaccines for adults are 100% effective, it’s most important for parents and children to be vigilant about following Covid safety protocols while in public.

To maintain your children’s good physical health and development, try to balance their indoor time with digital learning during the school week with plenty of outdoor time. Exposure to sunlight is important to regulate everyone’s body rhythms. Active physical exercise is both necessary and fun. Try walking together, running, bike riding, or playing ball. By scheduling homework time in the evening, your children can spend some late afternoon time outdoors. Dressing appropriately for cold weather, usually in layers, allows for outdoor play every day. Your child’s mental outlook and physical health depend on being in the fresh air, breathing, smiling, and having fun, as much as the time they spend with school learning."

Last updated February 5, 2021