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Anticipating Return to School…

Return to School During COVID-19

What Is Our Opinion?

A big question parents have right now is how students can go back to school safely during COVID-19. You may be seeking an opinion from your provider here at Genesis Pediatrics regarding whether or not you should send your child(ren) back to in classroom learning. The advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states that children learn best when they are in school, however returning to in-classroom learning will require careful steps to keep students and faculty safe.

Based on current recommendations from the CDC and NYS Health Department, Genesis Pediatrics is comfortable with children returning to school at this time if parents choose. This decision takes into account the close monitoring of the current spread of COVID-19 in our community. 

If your child has a high risk medical condition which prompts further discussion about this decision, please sign up for the Patient Portal so you can send us a message. Due to the volume of questions we have been receiving about this topic, we ask for your patience with response time.

Why Students Should Go Back to School–Safely

Schools provide more than just academics.  Classroom learning provides not only reading, writing and math, but children also learn social and emotional skills that cannot be provided with virtual learning. For many families, school is where kids get healthy meals, access to the internet, and other important school-based services such as occupational, physical and speech-language therapy and mental health support counseling.

The AAP guidance is based on the evidence that so far suggests that children and adolescents are less likely to have symptoms or severe illness from COVID infection.

Mask Questions 

Many parents are also calling and requesting exemptions for children wearing a mask for in-school learning. These exemptions are going to be determined by the NYS Department of Health, and our office will be abiding by their parameters.  This information is still not readily available to us, so please continue to check the website for the most up to date information.

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Need A Form Completed?

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Do You Have Any Forms For Completion?

If you need any forms completed and signed by our office, all patient & parental information needs to be completed at home prior to bringing them in to the office. If those portions are not filled out, they will be returned to you. Thank you for your understanding. 

New States Added to the NY Travel Advisory List for Mandatory Quarantine

10 Additional States Added to the List, up to 31 States

Ten additional states are now on New York’s travel advisory list, which mandates travelers who spend more than 24 hours in the state to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival back to NY.

The total is now 31 states.  Below is the list:

Alabama
Alaska
Arkansas
Arizona
California
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Idaho
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Louisiana
Maryland
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
North Carolina
North Dakota
New Mexico
Nebraska
Nevada
Ohio
Oklahoma
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Virginia
Washington
Wisconsin

For more information: https://13wham.com/news/coronavirus/31-states-now-on-ny-travel-advisory-list-for-coronavirus-quarantine

Exposed to COVID-19?

Have You or Your Child Been Recently Exposed to a  COVID (+) Person?

coronavirus callout

In the event that you or your child has been exposed to a COVID (+) person, we advise you to stay at home and monitor closely for symptoms.  You do not need to call the office unless symptoms arise. 

#stayathome #maskup #COVID #socialdistancing

Goodbye, Rick…

It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye

Rick Maniace, NP in Rochester, New York

After 25 years with the Genesis Pediatrics family, we are sad to announce that our Nurse Practitioner, Rick Maniace, has left the practice for a new endeavor. We thank him for the years of care he has provided our patients, and he will be missed tremendously!

Best of luck, Rick!