- However, the recommendation comes with a few additional rules. Students will need to wear masks, and teachers and staff need to keep 6 feet of distance between each other, NBC News reports.
The CDC said earlier this week it would start reviewing a new study that suggested 3 feet of distance in schools might be as safe as 6 feet in schools. The study said the 3 feet rule worked well when all the children in the schools wore masks, as I wrote for the Deseret News.
CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said this is an urgent matter for schools, according to CNN.
- “Indeed, because 6 feet has been such a challenge there, science has leaned in and there are now emerging studies on the question between 3 feet and 6 feet,” Walensky said, according to CNN.
Dr. Robert Murphy, a professor of infectious diseases at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, told NBC News the 3-feet guideline “is the biggest bang for your buck” when it comes to stopping the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Why it matters
The announcement comes as schools look for the best ways to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to NBC News.
Per Axios: “This could be another incentive for closed schools to feel logistically ready to reopen, especially those with limited space or large class sizes.”