July 27, 2020 -- With the new school year looming, the CDC has issued expanded guidelines on school reopenings that stress the importance of putting children back into the classroom.

“It is critically important for our public health to open schools this fall,” CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, MD, said in a statement. “I know this has been a difficult time for our nation’s families. School closures have disrupted normal ways of life for children and parents, and they have had negative health consequences on our youth. CDC is prepared to work with K-12 schools to safely reopen while protecting the most vulnerable.”

The new CDC information provides online tools to help parents decide whether to send their children back to school and resources for school administrators, such as protocols to follow if a student or teacher tests positive for COVID-19 and advice on how strictly measures such as face masks should be enforced based on the level of community transmission.

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