CDC says schools should ‘prioritize’ fully reopening this fall

CDC says schools should ‘prioritize’ fully reopening this fall


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called for the full reopening of K-12 schools in the fall — even if not all preferred COVID-19 safety measures can be upheld.

“Students benefit from in-person learning, and safely returning to in-person instruction in the fall 2021 is a priority,” the agency wrote in new guidance issued Friday.

The CDC still recommends schools maintain “at least 3 feet of physical distance” between students indoors, but the agency included a surprising caveat.

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“When it is not possible to maintain a physical distance of at least 3 feet, such as when schools cannot fully re-open while maintaining these distances, it is especially important to layer multiple other prevention strategies, such as indoor masking,” it wrote.

However, the agency conceded that fully vaccinated kids do not need to wear masks inside classrooms.

Other “important layers of prevention” include testing, ventilation, handwashing and contract tracing, the agency said.

“Many schools serve children under the

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