CDC Updates School Social Distancing Guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its position on social distancing in schools. Experts from the CDC says that students are safe in school being three feet apart instead of the previous recommendations of remaining six feet from others.

The new protocol comes from research published by the Clinical Infectious Diseases journal. That study was conducted in Massachusetts where masks were worn. Infections among those three feet from others yielded the same rate of infections as those who kept a six foot distance.

A social distancing recommendation of three feet could allow more classrooms to open.

Teachers unions are already pushing back. The Massachusetts Teachers Association says the state’s plan to fully reopen schools “shows a callous disregard for the health and safety of school employees.”

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends three to six feet of social distancing for school students, while the World Health Organization recommends one meter, or 3.3 feet.