2021年7月31日 星期六

Back to School in the Age of Delta

In-person learning fears, vaccine trials for kids and more from NYT Parenting.
A roundup of new guidance and stories from NYT Parenting.
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While it might seem like summer has only just begun, for some kids it's already time to get back to class — and many U.S. school districts are returning to in-person instruction. That fact is making some parents fearful for their children's health as the coronavirus continues to spread and local school boards squabble over mask mandates.

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This week, Tara Parker-Pope addresses your fears and concerns with an article that answers questions such as: How can it be safe for children to go back to classrooms during a pandemic? What are the risks of Covid-19 and the Delta variant to children? And what precautions can we take at home to lower a child's risk?

"While much of the public health conversation has been focused on booster shots and breakthrough infections, parents are frustrated at the lack of advice for families," Tara writes, "particularly those with children under 12 years old, who are not yet eligible for a Covid vaccine."

Meanwhile, vaccine makers are expanding clinical trials to include more children in the 5- to 11-year-old age range, in order to detect rare side effects that may be associated with the shot. "Those include myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle, and pericarditis, inflammation of the lining around the heart, multiple people familiar with the trials said," Sheryl Gay Stolberg, Sharon LaFraniere and Noah Weiland report.

As summer wraps up, Ellen Barry finds that a high demand for workers across the country has hit summer camps particularly hard: "While most camps have found ways to navigate the smaller labor pool, some camp directors complain that young adults they have hired are 'ghosting' them — failing to show up or leaving jobs without notice."

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In the On Tech newsletter, Shira Ovide writes that screen time for kids isn't necessarily the boogeyman it's been painted to be. And finally, Grace Loh Prasad details an art project that has sustained her family through the pandemic: origami.

Thanks for reading!

— Melonyce McAfee, senior editor, NYT Parenting

THIS WEEK IN NYT PARENTING

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Kids Are Going Back to School. How Do We Keep Them Safe?

As the Delta variant rages, parents remain confused about how their children can safely return to classrooms in the midst of a pandemic. Here are answers to common questions.

By Tara Parker-Pope

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Grace Loh Prasad

Marking a Pandemic, One Crane at a Time

My son and I took on what seemed like a simple project: fold one origami crane every day during the pandemic. Together, we discovered over the year how making art helps people bear the unbearable.

By Grace Loh Prasad

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Vaccine Makers Are Asked to Expand Safety Studies on Children

The F.D.A. wants Pfizer and Moderna to increase the number of 5- to 11-year-olds who participate in trials of their coronavirus vaccines to ensure there is enough data about rare side effects.

By Sheryl Gay Stolberg, Sharon LaFraniere and Noah Weiland

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Bryan Anselm for The New York Times

Camps Have Been Scrambling for Counselors. Some Have Even Closed.

Summer camps have reopened into a tight labor market without the international seasonal workers they often depend on.

By Ellen Barry

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Shuhua Xiong

on tech

The Messy Truth About Kids' Screen Time

Absolute rules about children and technology don't help, says a child development expert.

By Shira Ovide

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