My son’s pediatrician put together a carefully researched letter about COVID and back to school for parents. They combined recommendations from the Department of Education with the CDC’s and the American Association of Pediatrics to provide some guidance for family’s decisions whether to go back to school in-person or remote. In their letter, they recommend both options.
So often, we think we have to take a stance, but many problems do not have just one solution. Instead, there are many sub-optimal solutions to choose from. In the case of the back to school decision, we are challenged with many factors like community infection rate, mask policies, and family members with pre-existing conditions. The right answer for one family is not the right answer for another, and the right answer today may not be the right answer tomorrow.
We want to provide our members, and boards, and stakeholders with certainty, but often there are no certain solutions for many of today’s problems. Rather than wait, hoping for more certainty, we can do careful research and lay out the options. Members will appreciate that their association is helping them make better-educated decisions.