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Benefits vs. risks of reopening Butte County schools

A local school psychologist says it going to be different from family to family and only time will tell what those long term impacts may be.

Posted: Oct 14, 2020 6:52 PM
Updated: Oct 14, 2020 7:02 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Many families are feeling relieved to send their children back to campus, concerned over the potential toll of social isolation.

Action News Now spoke with an expert today who says it going to be different from family to family and only time will tell what those long term impacts may be.

4th grader, Juan Smelcer says he has been feeling bored and sad at home while having to do distance learning. 
"It's making me really sad i miss all of my friends and everything. I want to do real life stuff I’m tired of working on a computer," he said.

Action News Now asked local school psychologist, David Levy, if the lack of social interaction students have been facing, could cause long-term impacts. 

"Kids are very resilient, it depends on the kid and the specific circumstances they are in," said Levy.

Levy says if parents make the choice to not send their children back to campus, it;s important to look out for any changes in behavior.
"More withdraws, anything that might indicate they may be struggling with something, its important to have conversations and be present."

If you do send your kids back there are ways you can help them transition back to in-person learning.
"There's a lot parents can do, they can talk about the expectations, it's going to be different than it was before. They are going to have to take it one day a time," added Levy.

If you decide to not send your child back to school, he says you should try to find other ways to help them have those social interactions whether its online or attending community events in a safe manner. 

Butte County Superintendent of Schools, Mary Sakuma says there are about 30,000 students in the county and the majority of parents want to send their children back to school.

They are addressing any concerns from parents and teachers on a case by case basis.

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