CDC now says students can sit three feet apart, if masked

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention relaxed its Covid-19 guidelines for schools Friday afternoon, saying students can now sit three feet apart in classrooms, rather than six feet apart.

The CDC says this reflects “the latest science on physical distance between students in classrooms. CDC now recommends that, with universal masking, students should maintain a distance of at least 3 feet in classroom settings.”

The new CDC guidelines say:

  • In elementary schools, CDC recommends all students remain at least 3 feet apart in classrooms where mask use is universal — regardless of whether community transmission is low, moderate, substantial, or high.
  • In middle and high schools, CDC also recommends students should be at least 3 feet apart in classrooms where mask use is universal and in communities where transmission is low, moderate, or substantial.
  • Middle school students and high school students should be at least 6 feet apart in communities where transmission is high, if cohorting is not possible. Cohorting is when groups of students are kept together with the same peers and staff throughout the school day to reduce the risk for spread throughout the school.  This recommendation is because Covid-19 transmission dynamics are different in older students – that is, they are more likely to be exposed to SARS-CoV-2 and spread it than younger children.

Across the country, schools have torn apart their campuses to meet the previous guidelines of desks six feet apart, which has made it difficult to accommodate students. Districts have staggered school times and cut down the number of hours that students are in school. That, after many students had been out of school altogether for nearly a year.

“We don’t really have the evidence that six feet is required in order to maintain low spread,” an official from the CDC said, who added that younger children are less likely to get seriously ill from Covid-19 and don’t seem to spread the illness as much as adults do.

The new guidance also removes recommendations for plastic shields or other barriers between desks, because there is no evidence that this is effective, the CDC said.

The CDC recommends that in common areas of the school, students should keep a six-foot distance from each other. Also, students should be spaced six feet apart in situations where there are a lot of people talking, cheering or singing, such as chorus practice, assemblies and other events.

As for teachers and other adults, the recommendation is that they stay six feet apart from each other and from students.

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said these new guidelines are an “evidence-based roadmap to help schools reopen safely, and remain open, for in-person instruction.”

8 COMMENTS

  1. Florida in session school COVID spread is below community spread. Same in communities in Texas using no masks nor pretense of social distancing.

  2. The Governor might as well go into the mid summer recall he figures is coming, SWINGING!

    It’s way past time to forensic audit the Health Care industry that’s been manipulating Medicade Billing for years. When you look at the budget, Health Care has become the third arm of State Government and as close as I can tell, the philosophical guidance counselor for all state government.

    In Rural Alaska’s case, Native Health owns a Legislative House Seat and a co-chair seat on Health and Social Services.

    Our Legislature is so corrupt that it allows Tiffany Zulkowski, who was the spokesman for YKHC, which when you read her job description is exactly what defines a lobbiest for their State and Federally funded hospital. Everything she does on that committee is a direct conflict.

    If the Governor wants my vote this summer summer, he needs to stand up start swinging.

    And yes, I donate monthly to help fund his defense of a recall and his sign still is screwed to the wall, next to my front door.

    • CDC. Constantly Dictating Crap.
      Hope all you shot receivers are ready for the reproductions of you sheep minded decisions.

  3. Not my kids, but I would never make my kids wear or have them think wearing a useless face mask is acceptable.

  4. More propaganda. How many keep bowing to their masters because they are too stupid to think for themselves? If you follow their pseudoscience you get what you deserve……..SLAVERY.
    If you need to look to any branch of Government that claims they are doing it all for your best interest or health or others, just sit back and let the them control themselves first before they attempt to control everyone else.
    If I do not wear a face diaper or get any vaccination, what does that change? The only thing that changes is your/their perspective of you, not actual facts or threats.
    You want to wear a face diaper or a weapon injected into you, you have that right to allow it. I will not. If you think you are protected and protect yourself then my non compliance to your conformity should not affect you, others or me, if they too think they are protected or vulnerable.
    Bow and pray to your Covid 1984 saviors. After all are they not doing nothing but prescribing how they want you to behave, think and live? The choice is yours and mine not theirs.
    Pavlov’s bell is ringing. Are you salivating yet/again?

  5. Well, maybe the little ‘tax write-offs’ and ‘human Petrie dishes’ and ‘germ factories’ will learn how to read a tape measure, hopefully so? Then, the ever promising ‘know-it-all’ teenagers can effectively learn how to successfully date among themselves, with these extreme mandated Covid rules, as prescribed by these elected officials. These college kids seem to be fairly predictable … mandating that everyone follow these stupid rules while they’re off at Spring Break, whooping it up … they’ll make great future politicians!
    Good Luck!

  6. The CDC are a bunch of Big Pharma goons that have been lying to us from the beginning. What we need are leaders that will fully open Alaska just like Ron Desantis in Florida. Stop allowing fear to stop sensible measures to get us back to full LIFE! Use the actual data, not words from bureaucrats lips.

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