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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday moved to update its guidance for elementary schools to allow them to implement a “test-to-stay” strategy that employs frequent testing when students were exposed to COVID-19.
“Test-to-stay is an encouraging public-health practice to keep our children in school,” Rochelle Walensky, the C.D.C. director, said, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The C.D.C. said that frequent testing of children who were exposed to the virus could be an effective tool—when combined with other safety precautions like wearing face masks—and help keep students at their desks. The report said that under the plan, students exposed to someone with COVID will essentially undergo daily testing. One of the main issues is that the method could be costly for schools with fewer resources.
The C.D.C.'s official guidance has been that when someone in a school tests positive, those in close contact should stay out of the school for 10 days. The agency revised its guidance and said both test-to-stay programs and quarantining approaches are equally good options.
TREND FORECAST: The Trends Journal has reported extensively on lockdowns and the impact they have on school-aged children. (See: “LOCKDOWN MADNESS: CURE WORSE THAN THE DISEASE,” “SCHOOL LOCKDOWNS KILLING STUDENTS,” and “DETROIT SCHOOLS: MAJORITY OF KIDS ABSENT. CLASSES GOING ONLINE.”)
The magazine has pointed out that the lockdowns in 2020 helped speed up the transition to online learning, which is here to stay. (See: “MEGA-TREND OF THE FUTURE: RICE UNIVERSITY TURNS TO ONLINE LEARNING,” “INDIA’S ONLINE-LEARNING AN INVESTMENT WINDFALL, SOLIDIFYING ‘INTERACTIVE U’ FORECAST IN TRENDS JOURNAL.”)
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