The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its Covid-1
However, it remains important to put in place safety strategies such as masking and physical distance, and most importantly vaccinations for all eligible.
Schools that are ready to move away from pandemic measures as the transmission of communities reaches low levels should do so gradually, the agency said in a draft of the guidance CNN has received.
“If localities decide to remove prevention strategies in schools based on local conditions, they should remove them one at a time and monitor closely (with appropriate testing) for any increases in COVID-19 cases before removing the next prevention strategy,” the guide said, adding , that schools should be transparent with families, staff and society when doing so.
The CDC suggests that schools take steps to promote Covid-19 vaccination, including …
- Offers on-site vaccines
- Providing paid sick leave for employees to be vaccinated
- Apologizing absence for students to be vaccinated.
Covid-19 vaccines are currently available to individuals 12 years of age and older in the United States.
In accordance with current CDC guidelines, the Agency recommends that unvaccinated persons over 2 years of age wear a mask when indoors and notes that people generally do not need to wear masks outdoors. People who are fully vaccinated generally do not need to wear masks.
“Consistent and proper mask use by people who are not fully vaccinated is especially important indoors and in crowded environments when physical distance cannot be maintained,” the CDC notes.
The CDC says physical distance should be practiced in schools where not everyone is vaccinated, but students should not be excluded from personal learning to maintain physical distance.
The Agency advises jurisdictions to closely monitor Covid-19 transmission, vaccination coverage, screening tests and outbreaks when making decisions on the necessary prevention strategies in their area.
“Screening tests, ventilation, hand washing and breathing etiquette, being at home when sick and being tested, contact tracking combined with quarantine and isolation, and cleaning and disinfection are also important preventive measures to keep schools safe,” the guide says.
The CDC says the guidance is intended to supplement, not replace, local guidance and policies.