CDC lays out guidelines for reopening schools

by Danielle Waugh

May 21st 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines for schools to safely re-open amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The 60 page CDC document discusses recommendations for schools starting on page 45.

Some of the guidelines include:

  • Face coverings for all staff members — with coverings encouraged for students
  • Cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces daily
  • Restrictions on mixing of students, keeping the same groups of students with the same staff members as much as possible
  • Canceling of field trips, events, and extracurricular activities
  • Spacing desks 6 ft. apart, facing the same direction
  • Closing dining halls and serving meals in classrooms
  • Spacing on school buses, putting one student in every other row
  • Minimize sharing of objects such as electronic devices
  • Serving pre-packaged food instead of buffet-style meals when possible
  • Conducting daily health screenings, such as temperature checks

The Florida Department of Education has not yet released its recommendations for public schools in Florida.

Channel 3 talked with some Northwest Florida school districts earlier this week. They’re hopeful to return to classrooms in fall and discussed some of their plans.

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