HELPFUL LINKS 

CDC on Schools: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/schools.html

Research on COVID-19 Transmission in Schools: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/18/health/coronavirus-children-schools.html

NY Times, July 29, 2020: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/07/29/us/schools-reopening-coronavirus.html 

Guiding Principles to Keep in Mind (from CDC)

"The more people a student or staff member interacts with, and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread. The risk of COVID-19 spread increases in school settings as follows:

  • Lowest Risk: Students and teachers engage in virtual-only classes, activities, and events.
  • More Risk: Small, in-person classes, activities, and events. Groups of students stay together and with the same teacher throughout/across school days and groups do not mix. Students remain at least 6 feet apart and do not share objects (e.g., hybrid virtual and in-person class structures, or staggered/rotated scheduling to accommodate smaller class sizes).
  • Highest Risk: Full sized, in-person classes, activities, and events. Students are not spaced apart, share classroom materials or supplies, and mix between classes and activities.

COVID-19 is mostly spread by respiratory droplets released when people talk, cough, or sneeze. It is thought that the virus may spread to hands from a contaminated surface and then to the nose or mouth, causing infection. Therefore, personal prevention practices (such as handwashingstaying home when sick) and environmental cleaning and disinfection are important principles that are covered in this document. Fortunately, there are a number of actions school administrators can take to help lower the risk of COVID-19 exposure and spread during school sessions and activities."

CDC on Cleaning

CDC guidelines to cleaning facilities:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/disinfecting-building-facility.html

List of cleaners suggested by the CDC:  https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2-covid-19

Dr. Gupta demonstrates how schools could reopen with safety-conscious practices:

https://www.cnn.com/videos/health/2020/07/10/school-reopening-safety-sanjay-gupta-coronavirus-town-hall-sot-vpx.cnn  

NYTimes:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/11/health/coronavirus-schools-reopen.html


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