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This past month, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued new guidelines on how to safely reopen schools and resume in-person learning across the country. Many have taken this news to mean that the fight against COVID-19 is reaching its final act, especially with vaccinations increasing and cases dropping. However, experts have cautioned that we are still not out of the woods and must remain vigilant in protecting ourselves against this virus.
This is especially true for educators and students, who are now returning to the classroom. The devastating toll that remote learning has taken on children, teachers, parents, and even the economy has become clearer almost a year into the pandemic, largely prompting the decision by the CDC to release these updated guidelines for in-person learning.
When it comes to safely resuming instruction in a classroom setting, multiple mitigation strategies must be put into place. Social distancing and increased testing are two of the most important practices that must be continued. In addition, wearing masks, washing hands, and practicing proper hygiene etiquette is vital.
Specifically, mask wearing has been found to be one of the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The CDC is encouraging everyone in a school setting, which includes students, educators, and staff, to be masked up throughout the day in an effort to prevent COVID-19 transmission. Although educators and school staff are considered high-risk workers and have been bumped to the top of the vaccine list in most states, mask-wearing is still mandated in schools and vital to curbing the spread of COVID-19.
Hand sanitizer is a major part of the CDC’s guidance as well, and constant hand washing has been effective in reducing transmission. This is especially true after touching things such as doorknobs, desks, and other publicly used items. Regular cleaning of all surfaces, typically performed by staff after hours or in between classes, will also ensure that everything in the school is germ-free.The majority of public health experts agree that there is no longer a question of “if” schools should be reopened, but rather “how” and “when.” Ensuring that your school has enough PPE supplies in bulk will be key to allowing students and teachers back into the classrooms. Cetrix is here to help your school obtain the PPE supplies it needs to reopen safely, and get your students back to a normal, healthy, educational setting.