August 27, 2021
The White House COVID-19 Response team today urged schools to follow recommended public health guidance to help keep children in the classroom and healthy this fall.
Recent outbreak investigations indicate that schools with a large number of COVID-19 cases generally are not following public health recommendations, particularly when it comes to masking and for everyone to be vaccinated against the virus when eligible, said Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“I want to strongly appeal to those districts who have not implemented prevention strategies and encourage them to do the right thing to protect the children under their care,” Dr. Walensky said during a briefing today.
Here are a few key takeaways from today’s briefing:
“Schools should implement as many of these prevention layers as possible simultaneously,” Dr. Walensky said. “This serves to protect our children even if there are inevitable breaches in any single protection layer.”
In its weekly report, the American Academy of Pediatrics said there were more than 180,000 child COVID-19 cases reported last week, a four-fold increase during the past month.
More information about the CDC’s public health guidance for schools is available online. On August 4, the CDC updated its school guidance to include:
HAP will continue to monitor COVID-19 public health developments and provide updates to members. For more information, contact Robert Shipp III, PhD, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, HAP’s vice president, population health and clinical affairs.
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