CHaD Releases School Re-opening Guidance

CHaD update

As districts in New Hampshire and Vermont prepare to reopen schools for in-person learning in a few weeks, leadership from New Hampshire’s only children’s hospital, Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) has released recommendations for schools. 

A CHaD Task Force of child health professionals and infectious disease specialists with public health expertise has reviewed the medical literature and monitored the COVID-19 public health data throughout the summer.

“Public health leaders in New Hampshire and Vermont have taken a thoughtful, data driven approach to adapt national guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to the conditions in our region, including relatively high vaccination rates,” said Keith J. Loud, MD MSc, physician-in-chief at CHaD. “We are therefore supportive of the guidance published by the twin states.”

“The risk of severe COVID-19 diseases remains low in children and adolescents, even in those ineligible to be vaccinated (currently under age 12 years),” continued Loud. “There should be few, if any, barriers for return to school by all students in the fall. Full in-person learning involves participation by parents, families and the community in the school lives of the students, including as spectators at school events, using our highlighted prevention strategies.”

Recommendations will be updated as needed, based on public health data and expertise from Dartmouth-Hitchcock. To read the full CHaD Task Force statement, visit


About Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH), New Hampshire’s only academic health system and the state’s largest private employer, serves a population of 1.9 million across northern New England. D-HH provides access to more than 2,000 providers in almost every area of medicine, delivering care at its flagship hospital, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, NH. DHMC was named again in 2020 as the #1 hospital in New Hampshire by U.S. News & World Report, and recognized for high performance in 9 clinical specialties and procedures. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health includes the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, one of only 51 NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the state’s only children’s hospital; member hospitals in Lebanon, Keene, and New London, NH, and Windsor, VT, and Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire; and 24 Dartmouth-Hitchcock clinics that provide ambulatory services across New Hampshire and Vermont. The D-HH system trains nearly 400 residents and fellows annually, and performs world-class research, in partnership with the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the White River Junction VA Medical Center in White River Junction, VT.