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Experts say the centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) new 3-foot rule in schools is a “welcome change,” but it also brings new challenges

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance on social distancing in K-12 schools this week. A day earlier, President Biden announced plans to expand testing for teachers and students.
Elementary, middle and high school students can now sit 3 feet apart (instead of 6 feet) as long as they wear masks and community transmission remains “low, moderate or severe,” according to new CDC recommendations. Elementary school students, the age group less likely to contract the virus, can also stay 3 feet apart when community transmission is severe.

Guidance is stricter for middle and high school students, who studies suggest may spread the virus at the same rate as adults. When community spread is high and “grouping is not possible,” the group must adhere to the 6-foot rule. The CENTERS for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines “grouping” as “a group of students staying with the same classmates and staff throughout the school to reduce the risk of transmission at school.”

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The CENTERS for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement Friday that the new rules are based on three studies “that show it is safe to maintain a physical distance of at least 3 feet between students in classrooms where masks are commonly used and other precautions are taken.” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Wallensky said the move is in response to a nationwide call to reopen schools for the health and well-being of students and parents.
“In addition to the education they need to succeed, safe in-person mentoring enables our children to access important social and mental health services to prepare them for the future,” Walensky said. “These updated recommendations provide an evidence-based road map to help schools reopen safely and remain open for hands-on instruction.”