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Your child may be returning to school sooner than you think

The CDC director has an update for when people should return in-person for school

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Beaver High School in Beaver is pictured on Wednesday, March 31, 2021.

Beaver High School in Beaver, Utah, is pictured on Wednesday, March 31, 2021.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suggested that schools will return fully in-person by September, according to ABC News.

  • “We should anticipate, come September 2021, that schools should be full-fledged in person and all of our children back in the classroom,” she said, per ABC News.

This suggests that schools would stop remote learning practices and engage in full in-person learning again.

  • And, she said, it would happen regardless of if children are vaccinated, per New York Post.
  • “We can vaccinate teachers, we can test, there’s so much we can do,” Walenky said.

When will children get COVID-19 vaccine shots?

Dr. Anthony Fauci said back in February that children will likely get the COVID-19 vaccine sometime in the late spring or early summer, which I wrote about for the Deseret News.

  • “Hopefully by the time we get to the late spring and early summer we will have children being able to be vaccinated,” Fauci said.

Dr. Leana Wen, a public health expert and emergency room physician, told The Associated Press that she agreed with Fauci’s goal, especially since there isn’t a heavy amount of data to support children suffering major illnesses from COVID-19.

  • “Children tend to not become as severely ill as adults but they can still become ill and some have tragically died,” Wen said of COVID-19, according to The Associated Press. “Children can also be vectors of transmission, and getting children vaccinated is important as we strive for herd immunity.”