CDC releases guidance about keeping schools safe |

CDC releases guidance about keeping schools safe

Updated: February 12, 2021 09:49 PM
Created: February 12, 2021 12:19 PM

Jenny Forer has been back in her 2nd grade classroom in Hibbing for one month now.

"The kids are happy to be back with each other and with their teachers. We picked up right where we left off," she said.

Forer has had the vaccine. "We kind of liken it to when you win the lottery or a raffle. You don't know when you're going to get the call." She added, "When I got the call, I said I'll be there in five minutes."

She said although there was some anxiety among staff about going back to the classroom without the vaccine in January, they knew they were on the horizon. "We're very confident in what the district has put in place for us. Mask wearing, masks and shields when you're in close proximity. Testing is available for us. And quite a few of us have been vaccinated."

Friday, the CDC released their recommendations for reopening schools.

The strategies include: 1) Universal and correct mask wearing 2) Physical distancing 3) Hand-washing 4) Cleaning and maintaining facilities 5) Rapid and efficient contact tracing

Mask wearing and distancing should be prioritized, they said. Clusters occur when there are breaches in mask wearing.

The CDC said research shows that transmission among students is relatively rare, and that staff to staff transmission is more common.

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