Ideally, the CDC should also refer to high-quality masking or double-masking, Drs. Alan said. (The agency on Thursday issued new advice for masking that included the use of two masks at once.)
Other preventive measures the CDC recommends for schools are those that have previously been supported: universal masking of staff and students; Physical disturbances; Hand washing and hygiene; clean; And contact tracing, in combination with isolation for those who have tested positive and quarantine for those exposed to the virus.
The agency advised that schools refer to close contact for all symptomatic students, teachers, staff and clinical trials, and that schools place regular weekly tests of students and staff, except for community broadcasting On. But the cost of comprehensive screening and logistics would be a huge burden for school districts.
The CDC expressed mild skepticism over the physical disturbances. “To reduce the number of students in class halls, the agency suggested in the previous recommendation to dissuade students from schools to be included in the program in turn.”
Instead the new guidance states that schools should implement physical disturbances “to the greatest extent possible”, but this is required only when community transmission of the virus is high. Dr. Nujo said the soft emphasis makes school districts guidelines more viable.
“A lot of communities have pursued a hybrid approach, or in some cases not just opened up, because they haven’t been able to detect that vacancy issue,” she said. He said that the guidelines show that it is ideal to maintain a distance of at least six feet between students, but the entire effort to bring the children back to school should not be broken.
The six-feet rule has been adopted as a conservative, however, by many teachers. Becky Pringle, president of the National Education Association, the country’s largest teacher’s association, said there should be no hesitation over physical disturbances or other mitigation strategies.