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Wondering whether children should be going back to school, as more than half of those in New York City will start doing part-time on Monday? Just ask the experts at the American Academy of Pediatrics:

“The importance of in-person learning is well-documented, and there is already evidence of the negative impacts on children because of school closures in the spring of 2020,” the group representing 67,000 pediatricians said in a late June report. “Lengthy time away from school and associated interruption of supportive services often results in social isolation, making it difficult for schools to identify and address important learning deficits as well as child and adolescent physical or sexual abuse, substance use, depression, and suicidal ideation.”

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