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CDC: Students can maintain 3 feet of social distance

Children arrive for class on the first day of school reopening on December 7, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. - The novel coronavirus has killed at least 1,535,987 people since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1100 GMT on Monday. The US is the worst-affected country with 282,324 deaths. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

Children arrive for class on the first day of school reopening on December 7, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. - The novel coronavirus has killed at least 1,535,987 people since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1100 GMT on Monday. The US is the worst-affected country with 282,324 deaths. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

Children arrived for class on the first day of school reopening on December 7, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

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UPDATED 1:00 PM PT – Friday, March 19, 2021

The CDC has relaxed social distancing guidelines for schools. The agency published the updated guidelines today, saying students can sit within three feet of each other as long as they remain masked.

The guidelines apply to students in kindergarten through high school in communities with low, moderate and substantial transmission. However, middle and high school students should remain six feet apart in communities where transmission is high.

“We want to emphasize that six feet of distance or more is more important between teachers and other adults and between teachers and students,” Dr. Greta Massetti, senior scientist at the CDC said. “Also in situations where masking can’t be used, for example, when kids are eating and also in common areas where different classrooms or cohorts might mix.”

The update paved the way for more schools across the country to reopen, as many administrators complained six feet of social distance was not feasible in the classroom.

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