“CDC is not mandating that schools reopen.”
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky on new guidance on K-12 schools reopening.
feb 13, 2021
In new specific guidelines, the CDC made the case for schools reopening during the pandemic.
- The CDC cannot force schools to reopen, neither can the federal government.
- The CDC says recent studies show that schools are not a major source of COVID-19 spread in America, and that strict adherence to guidelines like masking, social distancing will enable schools to reopen.
- While studies by the CDC show certain guidelines may help mitigate the spread of COVID in schools, other research (like this one linked) show that proactively testing students reveals cases that may not have been identified.
- The CDC does not recommend teachers receive vaccines before others as a prerequisite for reopening.
- Why It Matters: Many schools, including some in the nation’s largest districts, remain remote. This has raised questions about the impact of virtual classes on students as well as the impact in the labor market (as some unemployment data correlate to those – mostly women – who had to exit the workforce to stay home with their kids).
The link has a PDFs for school and administrators and parent: For example: What happens if you child shows COVID symptoms at school?