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Guthrie pediatrician says schools can reopen in fall, as long as safety comes first

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SAYRE, Pa. (WBNG) -- Dr. Philip Heavner at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. says he believes if schools take the proper precautions, there's no reason students can't have in-person learning this fall.

Heavner says things like daily temperature checks, switching clothes when you get home and showering immediately after school after aren't necessary.

Instead, your child can do things things wearing a mask and washing their hands to stay healthy.

"We're able to really monitor even day by day," Dr. Heavner told 12 News Tuesday. "I think in-person learning can be safe if the schools are able to execute social distancing, masking, handwashing, arrange for different ways of delivering meals and different group activities, but they've got to do all of it."

While Dr. Heavner has not spoken directly to any school districts as of Tuesday, he said he would be open to sharing pediatric or medical opinions.

He said the relatively low case numbers in Pennsylvania and New York are another sign schools can reopen safely.

Josh Rosenblatt

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