CDC Releases School Reopening Guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control has released its reopening guidelines for schools. See the flowchart to learn what the organization says is necessary to get students and staff back in the classrooms.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released reopening guidelines for schools. The checklist decision tree below shows what the organization says needs to happen to get students and staff safely back in the classrooms, including social distancing, symptom monitoring, and a plan to protect at-risk kids and employees.

The CDC notes that schools and businesses must check with state and local health officials to determine "most appropriate actions while adjusting to meet the unique needs and circumstances of the local community."

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Georgeann Coote

When our public middle school opens in the fall, are there any "best practices" for returned library books? Someplace I read that the recommendation was to allow books to sit for 72 hours. Seems a bit too complicated as all books will not be returned the same day/time. I envision dated boxes scattered around awaiting for book quarantine to end. Any advice or suggestions?

Posted : May 20, 2020 01:38


Hopefully this story can answer your questions about disinfecting books.


Posted : May 20, 2020 02:36

Tonia Smith

The article offers guidance for disinfecting books that were returned while out of school. Now that schools are reopening what suggestions do you have for books that will be checked out once the students return?

Posted : Jul 23, 2020 10:26

Tonia Smith

What suggestions do you have for disinfecting books that will be checked out on a daily basis once the students return to school?

Posted : Jul 23, 2020 10:27

Karma Wanamaker

If you have morning and afternoon groups, there isn't enough time in between to clean. A better solution would be one group goes Monday/Tuesday, clean on Wednesday and the second group goes on Thursday/Friday.

Posted : May 19, 2020 07:20

Graciela Gomez

Why dont schools implement 2 school sections, mornings and afternoons. School hours will shorter, but class sizes will be better. And at the same time will created more jobs. Could be also, elementary, and middle schoolers could go in the morning sections, even HS space could be use for them, and HS students could do the afternoon shift and use also the elementary and middle schools for them, space and small groups.

Posted : May 16, 2020 06:20

Joe Schmoe

That won't work. It requires twice as many teachers and the school budgets will likely be lower and not higher. Teacher salaries are the #1 expense of districts.

Posted : May 19, 2020 02:50

Elisse Stuart

Awesome answer, Joe Schmoe! Many of us in education will be lucky if we have jobs in the coming school year(s).

Posted : May 21, 2020 04:23



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