No one could have prepared our children for ten months (and counting) of face shields, distance learning, and minimal peer interaction.
In fact – no one could have predicted much of what transpired last year. None of us could have guessed that come March 2020, a widespread global pandemic would replace many of those shiny New Year’s resolutions with social distancing, masks, an excess of outdoor walks, and perhaps way too much banana bread.
And fast-forwarding to the present, it is now January 2021, a month in which we would typically return to work post-holiday break, and our children would return to the classroom feeling refreshed, re-energized, and ready to get back to work alongside friends and peers. But this year looks a little different.
As the country enters a phased vaccination period with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines at the forefront, there is finally a visible light at the end of the tunnel for many of us. There is an action plan. However, the vaccination process is lengthy and may take quite some time before it is appropriately administered cross-country. But there is hope. But as the vaccine becomes accessible to distinct ages, risk categories, and occupations, there is one group noticeably missing from the approved list: People aged 16 and younger.