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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued guidelines for schools to reopen on May 19. Schools are allowed to determine whether and how to implement the considerations in collaboration with state and local health officials.

“Implementation should be guided by what is feasible, practical, acceptable and tailored to the needs of each community,” the guidance states.

Among the guidelines, teaching and reinforcing the use of cloth face coverings.

“Face coverings should be worn by staff and students (particularly older students) as feasible, and are most essential in times when physical distancing is difficult,” the guidance states.

Cloth face coverings should not be placed on children younger than 2, anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious or anyone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face-covering without assistance.

Schools are encouraged to broadcast regular announcements on reducing the spread of COVID-19 on PA systems. They’ll also attempt to avoid sharing of electronic devices, toys, books and other games or learning aids.

Physical barriers and guides are encouraged to be installed.

Children should bring their own meals as feasible, or schools should serve individually plated meals in classrooms instead of a dining hall or cafeteria.

Staff at higher risk for severe illness should be offered options to limit their exposure risk. Students at higher risk of severe illness should also have their time of exposure risk limited. Virtual learning opportunities are suggested.

Schools are also encouraged to conduct daily health checks, including temperature screening and/or symptom checking, of staff and students — if feasible.

You can read about all of the guidelines here.

Jacob Hall

Author: Jacob Hall