The Center for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidance this week for how to reopen schools amid the coronavirus pandemic. And it’s safe to say like everything else surrounding COVID-19, it’s giving parents everywhere mixed feelings.
“As some communities in the United States open K-12 schools, CDC offers the following considerations for ways in which schools can help protect students, teachers, administrators, and staff and slow the spread of COVID-19,” the agency stated in the new guidelines, released Tuesday.
The lengthy document outlines several factors to consider when reopening schools including: reducing risk with only virtual classes or smaller class sizes, promoting behaviors that reduce spread, maintaining healthy environments and operations, and preparing for when someone gets sick.
It’s important to note that nothing about this checklist is black and white.
In fact, the CDC states that each school “should be guided by what is feasible, practical, acceptable, and tailored to the needs of each community.”
But after the CDC released its guidelines earlier this week, several people across the internet paraphrased the recommendations into viral memes. And they’re sending parents everywhere into a spiraling panic.