The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have changed their guidelines for COVID-19 prevention in schools by removing a section that discussed when precautions such as masks should be removed.
While updates to the CDC’s “Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools” are usually announced at the top of the site, the recent change that was originally implemented on August 5 was not mentioned.
The full sentence that was deleted read: ‘The guidance is designed to help administrators and local health officials select appropriate, layered prevention strategies and understand how to safely transition learning environments from the COVID-19 pandemic precautions, as the community transmission of COVID-19 is low. levels or stops.’
The CDC has also removed sections asking schools to closely monitor cases if they decide to reverse masking and social distancing, and to ensure that their masking policies do not violate state laws or regulations.
The CDC has removed a section of the school’s COVID prevention policy stating how schools can roll back existing policies once transmission of COVID-19 reaches a low level or stops
Schools across the country have adopted mask policies since the start of the pandemic last year to prevent the spread of COVID. Pictured, students at Carl B. Munch Elementary School in Oakland, California, on August 11
Critics of the sentence’s removal argue that the CDC quietly dashed hopes of a return to normalcy.
“It’s basically an indefinite mask in schools, and there are no exits. So it’s really disappointing to see that,” Jonathan Zachreson, an advocate for fully reopening schools in California, told Fox news.
CDC spokeswoman Jade Fulce said the guidelines are “always being revised based on current epidemiology” and that increases in the Delta variant and low vaccination rates in some communities have led to the changes.
The US continues to be plagued by the Delta variant, as John Hopkins University reported nearly 133,000 new cases and more than 2,700 new deaths on Wednesday.
More than 75 percent of those eligible for the vaccine in the US have received at least one Jab.
A new one earlier this week report from California found that COVID-19 outbreaks in schools are not common, with only a few students and teachers testing positive nationwide.
Los Angeles Department of Public Health researchers found that less than 0.1 percent of students and staff tested positive for the virus over the course of a month.
In addition, only about 0.2 percent of people who came into contact with a COVID patient later tested positive themselves.
New data shows that a total of 7,995 students out of 1.5 million, or 0.5%, and 1,193 employees out of 157,000, or 0.7%, have tested positive for COVID-19
Mask mandates in schools have become a hot topic with protests across the country. Pictured, protesters at Lakeshore High School, in Stevensville, Michigan on Sept. 7.
The fight is centered on Florida, which has banned masking mandates in schools. Pictured, parents outside the Broward County School District building, in Fort Lauderdale
Counter-protests in support of masking have also erupted. Pictured, pro-mask parents outside the Cobb County School Board Headquarters, in Marietta, Georgia, on Aug. 12
The findings suggest that outbreaks in schools are uncommon and that Los Angles County has managed to fully reopen its schools safely.
In Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis faced a challenge to his executive order banning the mandate of school masks as a judge twice overturned the order in September.
Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper ruled in favor of school districts that defied DeSantis’ order and continued to enforce the use of masks in classrooms, despite DeSantis’ threats to withhold funding.
DeSantis has described the CDC’s recommendations to wear face masks as “the greatest threat to freedom in my life” and even accused the health authorities of “medical authoritarianism.”
He argued that all “all parents have the right to make health care decisions for their minor children,” such as whether to mask them.
Florida has seen about 64,585 new cases and 2,635 new deaths in the past week, according to John Hopkins University.