Sending elementary students every other day could do more harm than good: epidemiologist

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Many schools boards are proposing a staggered return to class however, an epidemiologist at Ontario Tech says not sending kids to school everyday could do more harm than good.

Dr. Emma Bartfay says parents who work will have to send younger children somewhere else if they’re not in school.

“One day at school the next day at daycare, that would increase the number of contacts with other people,” said Bartfay.

Kids will no longer just be in contact with their cohort at school but also at daycares and the cohorts those children share at their own schools.

“I think that might actually do more harm than good if they do alternating days to go to school,” said Bartfay. “COVID-19 is person to person transmission, the more people we come into contact the more likely you could contract the virus.”

Bartfay says she’s looked at the back to school plans in Durham Region and says they’re not bad.

She adds it really important for schools to have a good detection system in place.

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