State responds to updated CDC guidelines on masks in schools | Connecticut News




HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – It’s still summer vacation, but the Centers for Disease Control has issued new guidelines for the next school year.

The agency says vaccinated teachers and vaccinated students do not need to wear masks at school.

The CDC also said no one needed to wear masks at recess or in most outdoor activities.

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday updated their COVID-19 school guidelines to emphasize that in-person schooling is a priority in the fall, that all mitigation measures can be put in place. implemented or not.

They also stress the importance of getting students back to class and recommend space desks 3 feet apart whenever possible.

Governor Ned Lamont said on Friday that the state is still deciding on school policy here this fall.

“Right now our advice is that if you are not vaccinated you should wear a mask inside. This means that children should wear a mask at school. Of course, no one is in school for the next few months. We’re going to look at that and figure out what the infection rate is within each community to make a final judgment, ”he said.

The CDC has not advised schools to require injections for teachers and students.

A joint statement from the state Department of Education and Department of Public Health said, “The DPH and CSDE are reviewing these guidelines and will assess Connecticut’s current and future guidelines for schools in light of the recommendations of the CDC. During the initial review, DPH and CSDE approve and strongly support the focus of the guidelines on the importance of in-person learning and on immunizing the maximum number of eligible students and staff. We also note the emphasis on “layers” of mitigation strategies at school and the importance of taking a measured approach when considering the removal of mitigation strategies based on local conditions. We’ll be reviewing these and other recommendations as we work to release Connecticut-specific guidance for schools in the coming days. Our children benefit the most from face-to-face learning, and our priority of a safe return to face-to-face teaching this fall can be achieved by staying alert to what we know is working. With this in mind, we want to remind educators and parents of children 12 and older that getting vaccinated remains the main public health prevention strategy to protect against COVID-19. “

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