Vaccines likely will not be available for most students anytime soon. The good news is that reopening schools for in-person learning does not seem to significantly increase community transmission of the virus. Why in-person school is best—when it is safe Schools provide more than just academics to children and adolescents. In addition to reading, writing, and math, students learn social and emotional skills, get exercise, and have access to mental health and other support services. For many children and adolescents, schools are safe and stimulating places to be while parents or guardians are working. For many families, schools are where kids get healthy meals, access to the internet, and other vital services. The pandemic has been especially hard for Black, Hispanic/Latino, Native American/Alaska native children and adolescents, and families living in poverty. One in 5 teens cannot complete schoolwork at home because they do not have a computer or internet connection.
What schools can do To prevent the spread of COVID-19, there are a number of safety steps schools should take. No single one will completely eliminate COVID-19 risk, but together they can greatly reduce it. Key steps include:
Cloth face coverings
Classroom routines- to limit student interaction outside the classroom
Testing & temperature checks
Exposure- if a student or staff member has close contact with someone known to have COVID-19, they should quarantine for 14 days from the day they were in close contact.
Cleaning & disinfecting
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*This article is informational but is not a substitute for medical attention or information from your provider.