Health professionals and teachers weigh in on new CDC guidelines as schools prepare for reopening

Health professionals and teachers weigh in on new CDC guidelines as schools prepare for reopening

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The CDC put out its latest guidelines for schools reopening this upcoming fall. In the report, it said “schools are an important part of the infrastructure of communities and play a critical role in supporting the whole child, not just their academic achievement.”

But, it makes mention that one of the key considerations administrators need to look at before reopening is the COVID-19 rate of transmission in the immediate community. As of July 24, 2020 the positive percentage rate in Florida is 12.26%. In Duval County the positive percentage rate is 10.6%, according to the Florida Department of Health.

The CDC also recommends social distancing, cloth face coverings, hand hygiene, and keeping teachers with the same students, otherwise known as cohorting.

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The CDC adds that schools should develop a proactive plan if a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19.

Tune in to Action News Jax at 4 and 5 to hear from a pediatric doctor and Duval County teacher who weigh in on the new guidelines.