Sending kids back to school almost feels to some parents like a very risky experiment that’s placing our beloved offspring in potential danger. It’s believed that the risk of infection is very low in young children and relatively low in older kids. This is not just because they’ve been more isolated so far, compared to the adult population. Shasta County Health Officer Doctor Karen Ramstrom says scientific studies show that it’s a matter of physiological differences. She says it appears that children don’t have the receptors that attract the COVID-19 virus. Even so, students who are even mildly ill should stay home, and parents should not hesitate to take the option for distance learning if their children have been around large groups of adults. The Shasta County Office of Education has assembled a guide for parents and students that can be accessed at shastaready.org.