As some students head back to school for in-person learning, pediatricians recommend that parents prep children for the new changes ahead. “I think it is important to try to give them as best a picture as you can based on the information that schools are providing,” said Dr. Alanna Patsiokas, Pediatrix-affiliated pediatric hospitalist at The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial in Nashville, Tenn. Mask-wearing, social distancing, smaller class sizes and non-sharing of school supplies will be an adjustment for students, particularly younger children. When it comes to mask-wearing, Dr. Patsiokas recommends making it as fun as possible. “You can say it’s time to be a superhero today and protect everyone around you.”

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