CDC Eases Distancing Guidelines for Schools

The announcement comes on the same day the U.S. reached President Biden's goal of administering 100 million vaccine shots in his first 100 days.

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- The CDC is easing its social distancing guidelines for schools. The updated recommendations call for just 3 feet of separation between elementary-school students in classrooms as opposed to 6 feet, as long as proper precautions are taken, such as mask wearing. Also, no need for plastic barriers between seats, and the guidance says students should still stay 6 feet apart in common areas. And the 3-feet rule can be applied to middle and high schoolers in locations without a high risk of infection. The head of the CDC with more guidance for those older students--

ROCHELLE WALENSKY: Because COVID-19 is more likely among older students, CDC recommends that middle- and high-school students should be at least 6 feet apart in communities where COVID-19 risk is high unless cohosting is possible.