Doug Bedell — February 19, 2021, 5:30 pm

For Pandemic Security, A New Classroom Reality

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is passing along guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on reopening schools safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“K–12 schools,” says the CDC, “should be the last settings to close after all other mitigation measures in the community have been employed, and the first to reopen when they can do so safely. Many K-12 schools that have implemented mitigation strategies have been able to safely open for in-person instruction and remain open. This operational strategy presents a pathway to reopen schools and help them remain open through consistent use of mitigation strategies, especially universal and correct use of masks and physical distancing.”

In short, going back to school now will be different from how kids experienced it before COVID-19, but that’s something we’ve all been learning during this past year. Life is different when health is threatened. But the threat can be countered when the proper precautions are taken. So masks and social distancing are the new educational realities.

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