the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, according to Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security ,on February 12, the US CDC published updated guidance to support schools’ efforts to mitigate COVID-19 risk for in-person classes. The biggest update is a new “phased mitigation” strategy, which couples risk mitigation measures with the level of community transmission. The guidance emphasizes 5 key mitigation mechanisms—mask use, physical distancing, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, cleaning and sanitization, and surveillance and contact tracing—that are applicable across all levels of COVID-19 risk, but it also provides actionable information regarding how to implement those and other strategies at various levels of COVID-19 risk. The guidance also breaks down specific recommendations for elementary, middle, and high schools, and it includes guidance for extracurricular activities, including sports.