CDC issues new guidance on schools, pushing for reopening -7/23/20

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CDC issues new guidance on schools, pushing for reopening


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines Thursday evening for the return to in-person learning -- heavily leaning toward reopening. The guidance does not offer specific guidance by state or location, but rather schools as a whole.

"The best available evidence from countries that have opened schools indicates that COVID-19 poses low risks to school-aged children, at least in areas with low community transmission, and suggests that children are unlikely to be major drivers of the spread of the virus," the conclusion of the guidance reads. "Reopening schools creates opportunity to invest in the education, well-being, and future of one of America’s greatest assets -- our children -- while taking every precaution to protect students, teachers, staff and all their families."

The guidance outlines five areas -- educational instruction, social and emotional skill development, safety, nutrition and physical activity -- where students can benefit from in-person learning. The CDC also recommends face coverings, temperature screenings and emphasizes sick children should not attend classes.

7/23/20: Preparing K-12 School Administrators for a Safe Return to School in Fall 2020

7/1/20: CDC Readiness and Planning Tool to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in K-12 Schools

CDC offers the following readiness and planning tool to share ways school administrators can help protect students, staff, and communities, and slow the spread of COVID-19. This tool aligns with the Considerations for Schools, and includes the following:

  • General Readiness Assessment
  • Daily/Weekly Readiness Assessment
  • Preparing for if Someone Gets Sick
  • Special Considerations and Resource

Nothing in these guidelines about plastic shields between bathroom sinks as per previous info. Temperature and symptom screening still recommended upon arrival at school. Isolation rooms needed.

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