3 feet of social distance included in new state guidance for in-person learning in schools

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The New York State Department of Health released new guidance today for in-person learning in schools. One of the headlines of the 24-page document is the reduction to 3 feet of social distancing within elementary schools.

Posted: Apr 9, 2021 11:23 PM
Updated: Apr 9, 2021 11:40 PM

ALBANY, N.Y.--- The New York State Department of Health released new guidance today for in-person learning in schools. One of the headlines of the 24-page document is the reduction to 3 feet of social distancing within elementary schools.

The guidance says for middle school and high school students, the 3 feet of distance can change depending on class size and the infection rate of the county.

In counties with low and moderate risk of transmission, elementary, middle, and high schools
can maintain physical distancing of at least three feet between students in classrooms.

o In counties with substantial risk of transmission, elementary, middle, and high schools can
maintain physical distancing of at least three feet between students in classrooms and
cohorting is recommended when possible.

o In counties with high risk of transmission, elementary schools can maintain physical
distancing of at least three feet between students in classrooms and cohorting is
recommended when possible. However, in middle and high schools three feet between
students in classrooms is recommended only when schools can use cohorting. When
schools cannot maintain cohorting, middle and high schools must maintain
physical distancing of at least six feet between students in classroom.

The CDC is also recommending that the physical barriers that separate teachers and students are no longer necessary. Instead, they ask schools to focus on enhanced air filtration.

Prior to making these changes, the state mandates schools seek public input. Schools also need to publically post new plans for community input as well.

Face masks are still required in school at all times.

The guidance also states that schools should be prioritizing planning on returning all students to in-person learning.

NEWSChannel 2 will be following up more on this and will be providing updates throughout the week. The full document can be found here.

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