A PIDS virtual roundtable held on July 17 explored issues related to re-opening schools in the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic. Moderated by PIDS President Kris Bryant, MD, the hour-long discussion featured experts addressing several key topics and questions, including what is known about COVID-19 prevalence, severity, and transmission among children, distancing and mask wearing, considerations for immunocompromised children, COVID-19 testing, and what communities should be doing now to help ensure that students, teachers, and school staff can safely return to in-person learning this fall. A recording of the discussion is available online.

The roundtable included Judy A. Guzman-Cottrill, DO, professor of pediatrics at Oregon Health & Science University and a consultant and senior health advisor to the Oregon Department of Health’s COVID-19 Response Team; Jason G. Newland MD, MEd, professor of pediatrics at Washington University in St. Louis and director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at St. Louis Children’s Hospital; and Matt Zahn, MD, medical director of the Communicable Disease Control Division of the Orange County Health Care Agency and associate professor of pediatrics at the University of California, Irvine. Annabelle de St. Maurice, MD, MPH, a pediatric ID physician and co-chief infection prevention officer at UCLA Health, and Kevin Downes, MD, an attending physician at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania, also participated in the discussion.

In addition, in response to questions related to school entry for children who are solid organ transplantation (SOT) recipients, a group of PIDS pediatric transplant ID physicians, in collaboration with other specialists, have developed an expert opinion consensus statement. The document summarizes available evidence, best practices, and consensus recommendations around key questions that SOT providers and families can use as a framework when considering individual risk and shared decision-making about returning to school. Summary points are available on the PIDS website, and the full document has been submitted to JPIDS for consideration.