Chapter Immediate Past President Dr. Jill Rinehart discusses prioritizing in person learning  As Vermont schools plan to reopen next month, some pediatricians are calling on districts to prioritize full-time, in-person learning at the elementary level, as well as for students with special needs.

The American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter (AAPVT) believes the health risks of reopening schools need to be weighed with the developmental risks of limiting in-person classes.

“We know this early education period for brain development is so key, and that families are really supported by the schools in so many ways beyond education,” said Dr. Jill Rinehart, an attending physician at the University of Vermont Medical Center and director of the Pediatric Residency program. “That’s the hole that’s left when we think about keeping kids out of school.”

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