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CDC releases guidelines on how schools can reopen safely this fall

CDC releases guidelines on how schools can reopen safely this fall
Posted at 11:50 AM, May 29, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released an extensive list of guidelines on how schools< /span> can reopen this fall safely.

The CDC recommends that older students and staff wear face coverings throughout the day. They said children under the age of 2 should not wear a mask.

Desks should be six feet apart, when feasible, and face the same direction. If sitting at a table, they should all sit on one side of the table, sitting apart.

If individuals cannot be at least 6 feet apart, the CDC says a sneeze guard and partition should be installed.

Tape should be placed on the floor or sidewalks, including signs on the walls, to ensure staff and students remain 6 feet apart, CDC said.

For food, children should, if feasible, bring their food or be served individually plated meals in classrooms - not a cafeteria. Disposable utensils and dishes must be used. If it's non-disposable, gloves must be used to handle them, and it should be washed with dish soap and hot water in a dishwasher.

For school buses, children should be sitting one child per row. If possible, rows should be skipped.

Buses should also be cleaned daily or between users and drivers must wear a face covering.

The CDC said schools need to designate a staff member, as a school nurse, that would be responsible for COVID-19 concerns. CDC also recommends everyone needs to know who this person is and how to contact them.

The full list of recommendations can be found here.< /span>