CDC Loosens COVID-19 Guidelines: Will Daycare Centers and Schools Follow?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises parents to begin treating COVID-19 like other respiratory infections, four years after the epidemic stopped schools and disrupted child care. Mandatory masks and seclusion periods are out. Will childcare facilities and schools agree, though? Just in case you’re confused: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised all Americans, including school-age children, who tested positive for COVID-19 before Friday to stay home for at least five days and wear a mask for a predetermined amount of time.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that as COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths decline, children can return to school once their overall symptoms improve and they have not had a temperature for 24 hours without treatment. When they return, students are “encouraged” to wear masks. However, the modification might not have an impact on how specific schools advise parents to respond when their kids get sick. The CDC’s recommendations have not always been followed by schools or child care facilities, who frequently turn to local authorities for final say. Additionally, a state or district’s choices may occasionally be influenced by other objectives, such lowering absenteeism.


As a result, governments, districts, and businesses may have a bewildering mix of laws that confuse parents whose lives have been disrupted by the virus for a long time. A Boston-area single mother named Gloria Cunningham said, “This is so confusing.” “I’m not sure how I should feel about COVID at this point. Is it a monster still? Managing a local business for a major restaurant chain, Cunningham said her employer mandates a ten-day leave of absence in the event that she contracts COVID-19. Additionally, her son’s second-grade school still sends home COVID test kits for students to use prior to returning to class after extended vacations.

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