(CNN)Last week I received an email from my younger son's preschool.
"We might be opening in June. If so, we will be taking a number of precautions. Please let us know in the next week if you would be interested in sending your child."
Interested? Of course, I'm interested. He would get a chance to socialize, surrounded by the teachers and friends he loves. I would get to work in a quieter environment — and would certainly be more productive when free of a certain "colleague" who doesn't entirely respect the demands of journalism.
His school, his darling, perfect school, would get a chance to get back up and running, increasing the odds that they will get through the pandemic financially intact.
But how to weigh all this obvious good against the very obvious bad? Sending him to school could lead to him getting sick and others getting sick.
As preschools and childcare centers move toward opening up or start to allow the children of nonessential workers, more parents will be facing down a similar question: Should I send my kid?
Spoiler: There is no easy answer, and what's right for one family might be wrong for another. But there are certain things all parents should be considering when making a decision.
Think about your child and community's safety
While children don't appear to be at high risk for Covid-19, they can, a number of studies have suggested, be asymptomatic carriers of the coronavirus. Also, experts have identified a potential link between the coronavirus and Kawasaki disease, a rare childhood syndrome that can make children critically ill. As such, preschools or childcare centers that open their doors to the wider community should be incorporating a number of new protocols.
"One of the most important things for parents to remember is that while we can never prevent the spread, we can reduce the risk of exposure to Covid-19," said Abbey Alkon, an epidemiologist, pediatric nurse practitioner and professor at University of California, San Francisco's School of Nursing, who focuses on children's health.
"There are guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in childcare programs."
While licensing regulations for childcare centers vary state by state, there are a number of best practices that Alkon recommended: Parents should no longer be entering