The newly sent guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are urging parents to send their children back to school in September. This is because no clear evidence has been found regarding whether or not sending kids back to school can result in an increased risk of transmission of the virus.
The director of CDC addressed parents in a tweet, which highlighted the negative effects this extended quarantine period has had on students in terms of both their physical and mental health. He believes that it is necessary for schools to reopen to ensure public health, of course keeping the safety of the students as the topmost priority.
This will be done by enforcing social distancing rules and other SOPs like wearing face masks becoming a mandatory practice. Naturally, other options will have to be explored for activities of a more interactive nature such as PE, music classes, and choirs as well as recess breaks.
Parents are asked to actively participate in coming up with new innovative solutions especially for the children who are disabled or have existing health problems. It will also be their responsibility to enforce these new rules as well as closely monitor their children for any common symptoms of the virus.
Another case the CDC makes in favor of opening schools is that the contraction rate of the virus in children is considerably low which lowers the risk of infection. The CDC has collected data that shows that only 5.3% of the total number of corona cases can be attributed to children between the ages of 5 and 17 most of them being from different races.
Before opening, the CDC has asked schools to carefully examine their community’s transmission rate. This is because opening schools in communities with high transmission rates will in turn increase risks of the virus’s spread.
The CDC strongly believes that while keeping schools closed will help keep the number of cases under control, it will have more severe effects on children’s mental and behavioral well-being. This coupled with the fact that Trump has refused to give funding to schools that do not open, it is likely that most schools in the U.S will be opening come fall.