Health and safety experts warn of risks of pandemic pods

Millions of children will stay home from school this fall as parents form their own in-person learning groups to avoid potentially crowded classrooms.
2:25 | 08/12/20

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Now to the potential dangers of what people are calling pandemic pods. Millions of children expected to stay home interest school this fall. Some parents are forming their own in-person learning groups. Diane Macedo has the latest. There he goes. Reporter: This is an elementary level science class David is holding in his backyard part of a pandemic learning pod he's formed with other parents in his San Carlos, California, neighborhood. You realize our children weren't absorbing the same degree of education that they were accustomed to and we wanted them to have. That's when we formed our pods. Reporter: An advocate for in-person learning link parents and teachers who want to form their own pods through start normal. Things are really exploding. Now we're getting calls from across the country. Reporter: In-person learning pods can be expensive. There is a concern with the pods in that they are creating educational inequity. Reporter: Experts warn pods can increase risks that parents may overlook, starting with the size of the pod. I would not expand it beyond, you know, three to five other children. Realistically we want to keep this as small as possible because every other child means increased risk. Reporter: All families need to agree on safe practices. Making sure everybody is wearing their mask. Hand hygiene, environmental cleaning and disinfection. Having space so that children can really stay apart or socially distance as much as possible. Reporter: Also who is teaching? A background check a must. Are they certified to be a teacher or are they just an adult you're hiring to bring in? If there is something that happens to a child because of predators in the home, those parents would be liable for Reporter: And host parents prepare for additional medical responsibilities. You may have a child who has asthma, who has to take albuterol or has an epipen in case of an allergy attack so someone has to be responsible for that. Reporter: He says while it's up to the families he connects to do their own vetting and agreements he does advise this is only for low risk groups. Every family has to make their own decision and choice and we basically leave it up to the parents to decide for themselves. And experts say it's crucial that families in these pods agree to communicate if someone does get sick and agree on what they'll do if that happens and then, of course, they have to follow through on those promises, Amy. Yeah, very important, Diane, thank you so much.

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