CDC Changes Social Distancing Guidance for K-12 Schools

The Centers for Disease Control has changed its recommendations for social distancing in K-12 schools to reflect at least three feet between students, instead of six.  Other changes include:

            • Clarification that ventilation is a component of strategies to clean and maintain healthy facilities.
            • Removal of the recommendation for physical barriers.
            • Clarification regarding the role of community transmission levels in decision-making.
            • Additional guidance on interventions when clusters occur.

CDC has developed guidance for prevention strategies that K–12 school administrators can use to help protect students, teachers, and staff, and slow the spread of COVID-19.  According to the CDC, if prevention strategies are strictly adhered to, K–12 schools can safely open for in-person instruction and remain open.

The CDC recommendations are intended to provide an operational strategy for safe delivery of in-person instruction in K–12 schools through the integration of a package of prevention and control components such as consistent implementation of prevention strategies and phased prevention strategies based on levels of community transmission.  Review the CDC’s guidance for schools here.

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