US CDC releases new resources, tools to support opening schools

With states, cities, and communities around the United States experiencing different levels of coronavirus transmission, jurisdictions should ensure appropriate public health strategies are in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 as the first step in creating a safer school environment, said a release of the CDC late Thursday, Xinhua news agency reported on Friday.

“It is critically important for our public health to open schools this fall,” said CDC Director Robert Redfield.

The newly released CDC resources will help parents, teachers and administrators make practical, safety-focused decisions as this school year begins, he said.

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CDC is prepared to work with K-12 schools to safely reopen while protecting the most vulnerable, Redfield added.

The resources and tools made available include promoting behaviours that prevent spread, altering how a school and school day is structured, and outlining how to keep the school environment healthy through cleaning, proper ventilation, and other practices.

The resources and tools also describe what to do to guard against someone who might be sick from infecting others and what to do if this occurs.

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