Families try to balance safety with continued academic growth during COVID-19

As students head back to classes this fall, either online, in-person or a hybrid of the two, millions of families are walking a tightrope trying to balance safety with continued academic growth.

For families who know they will have hybrid or distance learning, child care becomes a major issue.

Psychologists say talk to your kids now about what to expect - everything from wearing a mask to changing classes.

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School will look different, and students will be farther apart.

Experts suggest you reach out to the teacher, that way they know if there are any issues so they can give you online resources to help.

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