While we might not know when schools resume here in Western New York the Center for Disease Control has issued COVID-19 guidelines for schools to follow to allow for a safe return to school.

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The CDC released their guidelines over the weekend for how schools should handle students returning to the classroom this fall.

Some of the guidelines include:

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces (e.g., playground equipment, door handles, sink handles, drinking fountains) within the school and on school buses at least daily or between use as much as possible.
  • Avoid sharing electronic devices, toys, books, and other games or learning aids.
  • Install physical barriers, such as sneeze guards and partitions, particularly in areas where it is difficult for individuals to remain at least 6 feet apart
  • Have children bring their own meals as feasible, or serve individually plated meals in classrooms instead of in a communal dining hall or cafeteria

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has asked each school district to have a plan in place by the end of next week.

Again based on how the COVID-19 virus has impacted the area, each school district in the state might have a different plan that includes at-home learning, in-school learning, or a mix of both.