CDC Guidelines for Going Back to School in 2020

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the academic, physical and mental benefits of returning children to school for in-person learning outweigh the potential health risks of COVID-19
  • The AAP and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued guidelines for the “safe reopening” of schools
  • Many parents wonder whether the guidelines themselves may do far more harm than good in the long term, as they both unnecessarily frighten and isolate children from natural interactions
  • Some of the basic recommendations found in the CDC and AAP guidelines include physical distancing on buses and on school grounds, wearing face masks, screening for symptoms, augmented hygiene and disinfection routines, and signage and broadcasts reminding students of disease prevention strategies
  • Children rarely become infected and are far less likely to spread the infection than adults. Scientific evidence also conclusively proves masks do not prevent infection or spread of viruses

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