WNY Students First believes that the updated guidance regarding social distancing in schools from the CDC is a step in the right direction. The new guidance reflects the importance of in-person instruction for the education and health of children as well as the latest scientific research which shows that there is very little transmission in schools when masks are used and students are separated by three feet.
However, the CDC guidance is only relevant to the extent that the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) updates its guidance to allow schools to reopen with three feet of social distancing, and county public health departments and school boards follow any new State guidelines to open schools fully. Indeed, more work is needed to help open schools this spring and return children back to the safest environment possible – the classroom.
Below is a summary of the actions that WNY Students First would like to see taken over the next few days in order to help schools reopen fully and safely in the coming weeks.
New York State Department of Health
County Executives & Health Commissioners
School Boards & Superintendents
WNY Students First is calling on our leaders at all levels, State, County, and local, to follow the science and work together to fully and safely reopen schools as soon as possible this spring.
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