The guidance from the AAP was especially useful. Several highlights:
- “The AAP strongly advocates that all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school.
The importance of in-person learning is well-documented, and there is
already evidence of the negative impacts on children because of school
closures in the spring of 2020.”
- “Although many questions remain, the preponderance of evidence indicates that children and adolescents are less likely to be symptomatic and less likely to have severe disease resulting from SARS-CoV-2 infection.
- “Policy makers should acknowledge thatCOVID-19 policies are intended to mitigate, not eliminate risk.”
- “Evidence suggests that spacing as close as 3 feet may approach the benefits of 6 feet of space, particularly if students are wearing face coverings and are asymptomatic.”
- “The main mode of COVID-19 spread is from person to person, primarily via droplet transmission. For this reason, strategies for infection prevention should center around this form of spread, including physical distancing, face coverings and hand hygiene.”