The New “Normal” Back to School Edition
Colorado is Back to School in person! After the 2020-2021 school year there have been a lot of questions about what the new “normal” will be this upcoming year for students.
Many of your MBD team members are parents - and we all work with clients who serve and support children and students. Safety and health are very important to us.
Below are a few things that the CDC has recommended to ensure the student and staff safety this 2021 school year.
Masks for ages 2+ if not vaccinated.
KKTV 11 News wrote that the CDC guidelines say that “Consistent and correct mask use by people who are not fully vaccinated is especially important indoors and in crowded settings, when physical distancing cannot be maintained.” If vaccinated, schools are asking for proof and then a mask is not required.
Staff, Teachers and Students should stay home if they have any infectious disease.
This rule refers to any infectious disease, not just COVID. Colds and flus are on the list for being a required reason to stay at home and they recommend going to see a physician as well.
Teachers and staff will continue to have disinfect.
Staff and teachers will be supplied with disinfecting spray, to clean high-touch areas regularly.
The circulation of outdoor air inside will continue to be increased.
“Screening testing, ventilation, handwashing and respiratory etiquette, staying home when sick and getting tested, contact tracing in combination with quarantine and isolation, and cleaning and disinfection are also important layers of prevention to keep schools safe.”
Schools will continue to “Encouraging frequent hand washing and providing access to hand sanitation stations.”
Physical Distancing 3 feet or more.
“CDC recommends schools maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance between students within classrooms, combined with indoor mask wearing by people who are not fully vaccinated, to reduce transmission risk. When it is not possible to maintain a physical distance of at least 3 feet, such as when schools cannot fully re-open while maintaining these distances, it is especially important to layer multiple other prevention strategies, such as indoor masking.”1
We must all work together to keep our schools safe!
If we can all follow these guidelines we can prevent the spread of most illnesses throughout our schools and homes. Back to school is here and everyone is excited to return to the classrooms! Check out our Pinterest board for Back to School ideas and tips!
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