As vaccines continue to make their way into the arms of willing and enthusiastic Americans from coast to coast, our nation is beginning to return to normal.
In states like Texas and Florida, businesses are starting to welcome guests back in full capacity settings. Bars and restaurants are bustling a bit, as well, and sports teams are working on ways to get fans back in the stands.
One of the most difficult aspects of this return to normalcy thus far has been just how to get schoolchildren and their teachers back into the classroom, especially as there are still many Americans out there unwilling to have themselves or their children receive a vaccine.
The CDC, in what is likely an effort to get the ball rolling, has new reduced their social distancing guidelines in the case of schoolchildren.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday relaxed physical distancing requirements for children in school, from 6 feet to 3 feet — a change aimed at allowing more students to be inside classrooms.
The recommendations come with a few caveats. Masks remain mandatory, and teachers and other adult school staff must still adhere to the 6 feet guidelines.
The change comes amid a massive push to get kids back in the classroom, from lawmakers to parents.
And it’s not just the lack of education that is concerning, as children are experiencing an increased strain on their mental health in the absence of this interaction with their classmates.
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