A NOTE ABOUT RETURNING TO SCHOOL THIS FALL
We appreciate what a nerve-wracking time this has been for families. Please know all of us at Pediatric Associates of Wellesley send good thoughts and strength your way.
We have received many questions about the return to school and daycare and so would like to share our thoughts. It is important to state that one opinion is not right for all families. Families differ in their tolerance of risk and uncertainty as well as in their health status and the health of those near and dear to them. Further, what options are possible and permissible based on local authorities differ by community and could change at any time.
There is no activity that is free of risk. Indeed, parenting is a continual exercise in risk assessment. We at P.A.W. see ourselves as your partner in this journey. There is general agreement that COVID-19 has not been a serious disease in children. While there are well publicized exceptions, the illness caused in children appears to be mild and not much different from the other viral infections that punctuate childhood. Further, there is a growing sense that children, especially those under ten years of age, do not spread the infection greatly. Given this, and the immense social, psychological and educational benefit to children of learning in a community, we as a doctor group are inclined to support a return to in-class learning with the safeguards schools will put in place of personal spacing, masks and frequent hand washing, though we understand that only you can make the judgement of what is right for your family.
A brief word about childcare: Again, we believe that the safeguards required by the Commonwealth greatly minimize the risk to little ones. Yet, some risk remains. Please know that until three years of age, some believe four years, the social and developmental benefit to children of group settings is in question. Without a doubt, day care is needed to help parents meet the demands of work (whether remote or in person). We would ask you to weigh honestly the reasons you use childcare when you determine if the risks are worth it.
We also must take this moment to celebrate the dedication and bravery of teachers and childcare providers. Their work to benefit our children and communities is never valued enough.
Please know that Pediatric Associates take our role in your lives very seriously and do everything we can to be a safe and helpful partner in the health and well-being of your children.
Visits to Pediatric Associates of Wellesley
We are back on our regular summer schedule and weekend hours.
We want you to know that we have taken important steps to make our office and care as safe as possible so that we can continue to provide good preventative care to all infants and children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics, in this time of infectious challenges it is all the more important for infants and toddlers, especially, to get their routine immunizations.
Here are the steps we’ve taken to make your visit to P.A.W. safe:
We reserve the morning and early afternoon for well child visits only. The office is cleaned and left empty for 14 hours prior to this session.
We manage sick patients with fever, sore throat, or cough by video virtual visits first, and if a patient who we suspect has any infection must be seen, s/he/they are seen outside the office in a “car visit" or inside during our evening hours if the space allows.
We continue to see non-infectious sick visits – headaches, injuries, mental health and behavior, etc. through virtual or in office during sick time.
Morning or afternoon, every room is thoroughly cleaned before it is used again.
When families come into the office, we minimize any interactions with the staff
you will talk with the front staff through the glass to check in and all payments/interactions are being mailed home and not taken at the desk.
The waiting rooms are closed and you will be escorted into a room directly. We ask that you call from the car when you arrive- so that we can inform you which room to go to when we are ready.
Finally, our entire staff wears masks the entire time they are in the office in order to minimize any spread of COVID19.
We feel strongly that we all do our part to keep the COVID19 pandemic from becoming the cause of other infectious outbreaks. As such, the 2, 4, 6, 12, 15 and 24 month as well as four- and eleven-year old appointments are of particular importance.
Steps You Can Take to Protect Yourself and Your Family
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use an alcohol based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if not able to use soap and water.
- Avoid touching your face, mouth, nose and eyes with unwashed hands
- Wear a mask or face covering that cover both your nose and mouth when indoors or unable to socially distance >6 feet outdoors.
- Stay home if you are sick
- Follow the recommendations of your local School and Public Health Board
- Avoid public gatherings where you must be within six feet of others for more than fifteen minutes.
- Remember the basics: eat well, get sleep and get exercise.
OTHER HELPFUL LINKS: