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Steps to consider before kids go back to school or day care

Governor DeWine announced day cares can open to full capacity on August 9, giving working parents an option for child care.

This week many districts across the area made the decision to go all virtual for the time being

Governor DeWine announced day cares can open to full capacity on August 9, giving working parents an option for child care.

“The thing that is changing all the time and makes this so hard, is what is the community level of spread of the virus? If that's getting very high in your community, we may choose to do virtual, which is what is happening right now in Columbus,” Nationwide Children's Hospital pediatrician Dr. Sara Bode said.

Dr. Bode directs school health services and says you can never eliminate the risk, but you can make sure kids are wearing masks, washing their hands and social distancing to keep them safe.

She says parents should know what schools or day cares are doing as well.

"You should feel empowered to go ask that and have them give you the list of those measures they are putting into place,” Dr. Bode said.

She says it will be an individual decision if you chose to send your child to school or daycare, but she says to communicate with your child so they are comfortable.

“I think it's important to share with them, not shield them, but in a way that is positive. Tell them it is going to be ok regardless of what we are choosing,” Dr. Bode said.