On May 19, the CDC updated its guidelines on how to keep schools safe when they reopen. These strategies include requiring face mask covering for student and staff, posting signs that promote protective measures, discouraging shared objects and more.
While implementing all of theses recommendation would be ideal, the CDC says, “Implementation should be guided by what is feasible, practical, acceptable, and tailored to the needs of each community.”
The guidelines first go over a few guiding principles that schools should keep in mind if they plan to reopen. They explain what is considered to be the lowest risk environment to the highest risk environment, lowest risk being to continue at-home learning.
If a school does reopen, the CDC first encourages staff and families to know when it is appropriate to stay home. If a staff member or student is feeling sick, is sick or has been around someone who tested positive for COVID-19, they should stay home in order to keep the school and other students safe.
“Actively encourage employees and students who are sick or who have recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19 to stay home,” according to the CDC. “Develop policies that encourage sick employees and students to stay at home without fear of reprisal, and ensure employees, students, and students’ families are aware of these policies.”
Cloth face covering for students will also be encouraged. The CDC recognizes that this could be a challenge for younger students, but masks are important to protect others from you if you are sick with no symptoms.
The CDC goes on to explain in detail how the facelifts should be cleaned, sanitized and maintained in order to keep schools safe. To continue reading the rest of the guidelines, click here.
Keep in mind that Alachua County has not yet announced if or when schools will reopen in the county. Stay connected with your local government and the CDC for all things concerning COVID-19 updates.