The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to release on Friday a color-coded guide for a phased reopening of schools as the COVID-19 pandemic recedes, according to a report.
The White House has declined to wade into a battle between teachers unions and fed-up parents by deferring to the release of CDC guidelines.
The CDC is likely to outline four color codes for school districts — blue, yellow, orange and red — that contain different guidance, CBS News reports.
Even in the most restrictive category, schools could reopen if they regularly test students and staff, according to the medical authorities.
“Blue” and “yellow” areas of the country have lower rates of coronavirus transmission and will be encouraged to reopen full in-person learning, with standard precautions like mask-wearing and social distancing, according to CBS.
“Orange” areas will be encouraged to adopt a “hybrid” model with some in-person learning.
The “red” zones would be most restrictive.
If red districts