WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released new guidelines for schools looking to reopen safely.
As school districts across the country debate when and how to safely reopen schools, the CDC released a list of recommendations for schools to follow if they choose to reopen and welcome kids back to in-person learning.
“This science-based strategy recommends an integrated package of tools that support safe school reopening and protects teachers, students, and school staff,” said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC.
The guidelines lay out five key strategies to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Those include:
- Wearing a mask correctly
- Physical Distancing
- Washing hands
- Cleaning facilities and improving the ventilation
- Performing contact tracing, isolation and quarantining protocols for students and teachers if they become sick with COVID-19
Vaccinations and testing are only described as additional layers of prevention in schools -- and are not required for schools to reopen.
Walensky also said that the agency is not mandating schools reopen and that the recommendations simply provide schools a roadmap on how to do so safely -- if they choose to.