Updated CDC Guidelines

Updated CDC Guidelines Regarding Social Distancing
Posted on 03/23/2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is continually monitoring COVID-19 infection and trends and updating K-12 school guidance as new evidence emerges.

The CDC now recommends that students should maintain a distance of at least three feet in classroom settings rather than six feet, which was the original guidance. Universal masking is still recommended, with the exception of situations in which facial coverings cannot be worn, such as while students are eating.

The updated Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools Through Phased Prevention is part of the CDC’s existing resources for K-12 schools to remain open for in-person instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This new guidance from the CDC does not mean that the School District of Palm Beach County will uniformly reconfigure classrooms to decrease the spacing of desks. Teachers will continue to distance desks as far apart as possible, in most cases by at least six feet, except in classes in which spacing must be reduced to between three and six feet to accommodate additional students.

Furthermore, teachers continue to keep a record of where students sit in a classroom, ensuring the information is readily available in the event that contact tracing is needed. It’s also important to note that school-based staff is continually monitoring students. Those who are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms are sent home.

The School District is proactively following safety guidelines as they pertain to mitigating the transmission of COVID-19. As a reminder, any student or employee who is experiencing any potential COVID symptoms must stay home. Click here to view the Student Protocols Due to COVID-19 Policy.

Staying at home when sick, health screenings, frequent sanitization, hand washing, social distancing when possible, and other safety practices on District property are collectively making a difference in mitigating transmission of the virus, and helping to maintain healthy schools for our students and staff. 
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