No more cafeterias lunches. No more field trips or extracurricular activities. Social distancing and masks are musts.
This is how schools could look if they reopen for the 2020-21 academic year, months after closing amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggests.
Students have not stepped into schools since mid-March, and while it's yet to be seen if they will next year, the CDC has put forth a set of guidelines.
Among the guidelines:
- Staff members and students should wear masks or face coverings, though the agency acknowledges face coverings may be challenging for students to wear all day.
- Field trips, inter-group events, and extracurricular activities should be canceled.
- Classroom desks should be spaced 6-feet apart and tables should all face in the same direction. Students should not sit not face-to-face or share items.
- In addition, students should try to bring their own lunches and eat in classrooms rather than cafeterias. Food provided by the school should be pre-packaged in boxes or bags.
The guidelines for schools and summer camps begin on Page 45 of a 60-page document that also includes child-care facilities, restaurants and mass transit.
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