CDC Updated Guidance for In-Person Learning
(February 12, 2021)
The CDC has released its updated recommendations for schools. The full CDR Report, Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Mitigation, can be found here. Below is an excerpt from the Report on essential mitigation measures for in-person instruction in schools:
"Essential Elements of Safe K-12 School In-person Instruction
1. Mitigation strategies to reduce transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in schools
Regardless of the level of community transmission, all schools should use and layer mitigation strategies. Five key mitigation strategies are essential to safe delivery of in-person instruction and help to mitigate
COVID-19 transmission in schools:
• Universal and correct use of masks
• Physical distancing
• Handwashing and respiratory etiquette
• Cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities
• Contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine, in collaboration with the health department
Schools providing in-person instruction should prioritize two mitigation strategies:
1. Universal and correct use of masks should be required, at all levels of community transmission. Require consistent and correct use of face masks, by all students, teachers, and staff to prevent SARS-CoV-2 transmission through respiratory droplets.
2. Physical distancing (at least 6 feet) should be maximized to the greatest extent possible. To ensure physical distancing, schools should establish policies and implement structural interventions to promote physical distance of at least 6 feet between people. Cohorting or podding is recommended to minimize exposure across the school environment." (Page 2-3)
The full CDR Report, Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Mitigation, can be found here.