The US CDC presented guidelines for schools and students as classes returned last fall, and they have continued updating the guidances throughout the school year. One of the main reasons for this guidance is the general idea that students learn better in the classroom setting than through online means. So the guidelines hope to keep students and faculty safe while still facilitating the optimal setting for learning. Here are a few of the key takeaways from the guidelines:
- Vaccines are recommended for everyone who qualifies. This was updated to include 5 to 11-year-olds when the vaccine became available for that age group. The CDC also recommends that the school actively promotes the benefits of vaccination.
- Masks are recommended indoors regardless of vaccination status. This guideline was already in place due to the Delta variant, and the recommended has not been adjusted for the Omicron variant.
- Stay home when exhibiting any signs of illness and seek the proper testing and care.
- Local authorities should monitor community spread to provide guidance on other layers of prevention such as social distancing and regular screening.
- Frequent handwashing is recommended as well as proper ventilation in the school.
As you can see, this calls for teamwork on the part of the school system, families, and the community as a collective whole.
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