Transcript for Here's what schools could look like this fall amid pandemic
Thanks so much. We turn to our "Gma" cover story. The American association of pediatrics is strongly recommending that kids go back to school in the fall but what will classrooms look like so Becky Worley, she joins us from San Francisco with a look at some states and how they are preparing. Good morning there, Becky. Reporter: Good morning, robin. I feel like our family has just come up for air this summer after the great digital learning experiment of 2020. So contemplating a return to distance learning in the fall? Oh, please, no. Many parents like me are ready for their kids to get back to the classroom but how can schools do it safely? For the Pitts family with three school age children and a toddler distance learning was a lot. Being at home alone with four kids every day and trying to work a full to full and a half time job is not easy. Reporter: And while mom Christine is desperate for them to be back in the classroom. Also, a little bit scared and nervous about her getting sick. Reporter: So what's realistic this fall? I do think it is very important that the students get back to school for social, psychological as well as intellectual development. Reporter: The American academy of pediatrics mirrors that saying start with the goal of having students physically present in school. But -- Safety first. No school opens unless it's safe to do so. Reporter: Educators like California's school superintendent Tony Thurmond are clear that things have to be different. Most important, keeping class sizes small. We also know that that means that students may be eating lunch at their desk. It also means that we give a lot of thought to a blended model of in class instruction and some distance learning. Reporter: In Tennessee this school board member tweeting a picture showing face shields that are being considered for some teachers and students. And as schools in Asia and Europe have gone back to campus we see other precautions checking for fevers, disinfecting belongings, kids wearing masks and those tiny face shields. The scale of preparing for these changes is huge. We're thinking about 14 million face cloths. More than 2.4 million face shields and more than 143,000 gallons of hand sanitizer. That's a lot of personal protective equipment but that's what it takes to keep our students safe with 6 million students in our state. Reporter: The options to socially distance, splitting the student body in half and doing one week on, one week off. Or mornings and afternoon, maybe partial digital learning from home, outdoor classes, or multiple lunch and recess periods and all of this will cost money. Leaving educator and parents preparing for a bouncy ride until the start of school in the fall. Educators say one group of kids who are most vital to get back in the classroom, younger children, distance learn something not proving as effective for kngd through fifth grade learners and it's incredibly taxing for families with kids at that age. I was just thinking about no question about it. We move to a savvy financial
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