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Reopening America's Schools: A Public Health Approach   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Document: "Schools play an essential role in the educational and social development of children and in the functioning of the economy. We need to reopen schools this fall, but we have to do it carefully, prioritizing the safety of students and their families, teachers and staff, and the broader community. Not every school will be able to reopen, and almost every school will have to make changes--but we can provide millions of schoolchildren a safe, quality education if we follow common-sense guidelines. Public health expertise can help staff and educators reduce risk of COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] transmission. In particular, staff and educators should review U.S. CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] guidance, and calibrate their precautions according to the severity of the local epidemic, tightening restrictions when there is community spread and only relaxing them if there are few or no cases. [...] This document addresses some frequently asked questions from educators. The bottom line is that there is no route to zero risk of COVID-19 in the near future, but we can reduce the risk with careful planning and precautions. If we follow the best available information, we can open sooner and safer."

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2020-07
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Vital Strategies; Resolve to Saves Lives
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Prevent Epidemics: https://preventepidemics.org/
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