Back-to-school concerns, parents say it’s too soon

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HARLINGEN, Texas– A number of schools announcing their plans to return for in-person classes this fall, but some parents say it’s too soon.

“No, I don’t want to send them…honestly I don’t,” said Ciera Sepulveda a mother to a 5-year-old boy, who shares the concerns many parents have about sending their kids back to school. 

“What if the people coming into the school they’re exposed to the virus out there and they’re bringing it in and all those people will get potentially exposed to the virus, so it’s pretty concerning,” said Sepulveda.

Even with all the safety changes schools are making, parents worry children will have a difficult time adapting.

“It’s difficult for children especially the little ones to go with guidelines and that’s why it’s going to be hard to control what the little ones do and don’t do,” said Sepulveda.  

After months of not socializing, a local psychologist said parents should talk to their children about the changes being made.

“Parent’s might want to talk about what that might look like now that we’re having to wear masks. Having to do social distancing, and maybe even role play that with the kids,” said Dr. Teresa Chapa-Cantu a licensed psychologist at the Resiliency Psychological Center in Harlingen.

While some schools are giving parents the option to continue with online classes, Dr. Chapa-Cantu encourages parents opting for distance learning, to keep social contact with their kids to prevent them from feeling isolated.

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