COVID safety

La Epidemióloga del Estado Rachel Herlihy explica cómo debe evolucionar el enfoque de Colorado en cuanto al COVID en las escuelas.
“I’m feeling more confident that this year will be a little bit more normal.” Quarantines are gone, and a new year is beginning.
No more on-site testing. At-home kits will continue to be sent home. Masking will mostly be optional. Students can return, masked, on Day 6 after testing positive.
On Monday, Gov. Phil Murphy ended the regular COVID testing requirement for unvaccinated teachers, child care workers, among others.
The district also announced COVID protocols covering vaccinations and a “mask to stay” policy.
City officials have not yet shared what COVID safety measures will be in place next school year or what the city’s testing strategy might be.
Schools can end quarantines and regular screening tests for COVID, new CDC guidelines say.
In an interview with Chalkbeat, State Epidemiologist Rachel Herlihy explains why she thinks Colorado’s approach to COVID in schools should evolve.
“The framework has flipped.” This year, districts requiring masks are few and far between. Philadelphia and Newark are outliers, for now.
“The framework has flipped.” This year, districts requiring masks are few and far between. Philadelphia and Newark are outliers, for now.
Chicago’s school board will vote Wednesday to renew its COVID testing contract with Fisher Scientific for another $85 million. The district initially awarded the company $60 million to run its optional testing program last year, but costs grew to $80 million.
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Providers hope the stress of maintaining safety protocols to keep the virus at bay will ease.
Most parents of children under 5 are hesitant. Efforts to change that are likely to run up against familiar challenges.
Starting June 13, children under 5 will no longer be required to wear masks.
The district will resume testing for summer school starting July 6, and will offer testing during the upcoming school year.
Among over 1 million child care workers, 405 died from COVID in 2020 — a higher rate than workers overall.
At least half of the nation’s 20 largest school districts will offer more full-time virtual schooling this fall than they did before the pandemic.
The mask mandate, which comes amid rising case counts in the city, will continue indefinitely.
Officials cite health department guidance and impact on learning for the change in COVID policy.
Pedro Martinez, who is fully vaccinated and boosted, was experiencing mild cold-like symptoms after testing positive on Thursday.
With the help of a town hall, phone calls to parents, and student- created TikTok videos, Dunne STEM Academy has seen vaccine rates climb in recent months from 5% to 42.3%.
Superintendent Nikolai Vitti cited opposition among union members but signaled he would go ahead with lifting the mandate on July 1.
The district will keep all COVID prevention protocols in place for now.
The COVID tests should be taken weekly, at least five days apart, according to an education department letter sent to families on Wednesday.
The district gave students and staff rapid tests to take at home before returning to school after spring break.
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