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Guidance Document Change: The 2020 General Assembly passed House Bill 817 requiring the Department of Education (VDOE), in collaboration with the Department of Health and medical professional societies, to develop and distribute health and safety best practice guidelines for the use of digital devices in public schools no later than the 2021-2022 school year. These guidelines address digital device use for different age ranges and developmental levels, the amount of time spent on digital devices in the classroom and at home, appropriate break frequency from the use of digital devices, and physical positioning as it applies to ergonomics and posture.
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4/20/21  4:44 pm
Commenter: Martha Teitelbaum PA-C - Emergency Medicine

digital use in school- health safety and learning

Increased computer use in our schools is diminishing to our children on multiple levels. Not only are there the physical effects - eye problems, headaches, irritability, anxiety and obesity to mention just a few serious issues but some do not learn with digital use.

Children need people interaction, one on one, groups instruction and outside physical activity to maximize their learning.  Many children are falling behind scholastically and on major skills such as hand writing, reading from a book and much needed social skills.

Our technology has changed, but our children's need for experiential learning and trusting relationships will never change.  Has worked well in the past

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