Back to school? CDC won’t change rules, but more information will be given to districts

Back to school? CDC won’t change rules, but more information will be given to districts
Des Moines Public Schools custodian Cynthia Adams cleans a desk in a classroom at Brubaker Elementary School, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. Getting children back to school safely could mean keeping high-risk spots like bars and gyms closed. That's the latest thinking from some public health experts. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) (Charlie Neibergall/AP)

Despite the push by President Donald Trump, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will not be changing the guideline it has issued for the reopening of schools in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

The CDC, however, will issue more reference documents on how schools could resume in-person learning for the 2020-21 school year, CNN reported.

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The announcement was made Thursday by CDC Director, Dr. Robert Redfield on “Good Morning America.”

The CDC has outlined how students can return to class in a healthy way. Some of the suggestions include keeping desks at least 6 feet apart and for students to wear masks. The guidelines also say schools should close cafeterias and playgrounds where students gather in large groups. Where needed, schools should also have physical barriers.

The guidance was posted to the CDC’s website in May but was added to last week to include testing, NBC News reported.

Click here to read the primary guidance issued to schools.

The CDC has also developed checklists for teachers and parents to get ready for education in the age of the pandemic.

In June, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued its recommendations for reopening schools, saying that the goal should be getting students physically back in a classroom.