What does the CDC say about reopening schools?

A key step is daily and ongoing monitoring of student and staff for symptoms of coronavirus
By: | May 15, 2020
Guidelines for stemming the spread of coronavirus when schools reopen include screening, hand-washing, face masks and social distancing. (Photo courtesy of the University of Kentucky)Guidelines for stemming the spread of coronavirus when schools reopen include screening, hand-washing, face masks and social distancing. (Photo courtesy of the University of Kentucky)

Guidelines for stemming the spread of coronavirus when reopening schools have been released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC encourages superintendents and their teams to check with local and state officials during the process of bringing students and staff back to classrooms.

The guidelines (see below) say schools should not open if students and staff cannot be screened each morning for exposure to coronavirus and if high-risk individuals cannot be adequately protected.

School leaders preparing to reopen should promote healthy hygiene practices such as hand-washing and having employees wear face masks. School buildings must be well-ventilated and sanitized rigorously and regularly.


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Administrators should train staff on health protocols and encourage social distancing by spacing out students in smaller groups.

A key step is daily and ongoing monitoring of student and staff for symptoms of coronavirus.

CDC has issued guidelines for reopening schools. (Click to enlarge)

Administrators should also consult with local health officials to develop plans to respond if a student or staff member falls ill.

This includes making absence and leave policies more flexible for staff and students who must stay home.

This guidance, however, is less specific than what the CDC proposed in April, according to The New York Times.


DA’s coronavirus page offers complete coverage of the impacts on K-12.