In The News: Schools in the U.S. should continue to use masks, CDC advises
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that fully vaccinated adults can resume indoor and outdoor activities (except travel) without masks or distancing. However, soon after the big news, the CDC clarified that schools should continue proper mask-wearing and covid protocols through the 2020-2021 school year. Read on for more.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday clarified coronavirus advice for American schools, recommending the continued, universal use of masks and physical distancing, after the agency’s sudden announcement that vaccinated Americans could forego masks indoors.
All schools teaching students from kindergarten through grade 12 should continue to implement proper mask-wearing through the end of the 2020-2021 school year, the C.D.C. said. The agency also kept in place its suggestions to observe physical distancing and to test for coronavirus infections. “Our school guidance to complete the school year will not change,” the C.D.C. director, Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, said on “Fox News Sunday,” adding that the agency would work over the summer to update its school guidance for the fall.
“We need to update our school guidance, child care guidance, travel guidance — we have a lot of work that we need to do, ” Dr. Walensky said. “We are actively working on that now.”