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SCDAA MARAC Position on 2020 School Reopening

July 27, 2020 – Sickle cell disease remains a high-risk condition for severe COVID-19 infection. Registry data show that individuals with sickle cell disease are more vulnerable to death with COVID-19 at all ages, including children.

We recommend that families with children with sickle cell disease follow state and local guidelines regarding the determination of in-person versus distance learning as long as processes are in place to ensure the least possible risk of your child getting infected with COVID-19. If safety measures are not implemented or cannot be enforced, we recommend that schools provide equitable access to high quality education through home-based distance learning. The checklist below should be used to determine if your child’s school has the recommended safety measures in place.