Varensky said: “The two main reasons for the spread of Covid-19 in these schools are insufficient physical distance and insufficient mask compliance.” “In schools, due to the large number of students in the class and the layout of the classroom, it is impossible to Achieve a physical distance of at least 6 feet.”
“The survey results also emphasized the importance of expanding national vaccination efforts, including continuing to give priority to teachers and other school staff as part of the frontline basic workers for vaccination in accordance with the recommendations of the Immunization Practice Advisory Committee,”
Research finds that teacher meetings may increase transmission
The CDC research surveyed 700 school staff and 2,600 students who attended school at eight public elementary schools in suburban Atlanta from December 1 to January 22. During school studies, 9 sets of Covid-19 cases were generated, involving 13 educators and 32 students from six schools.
Eight of the nine clusters involve at least one educator, and the educator is the earliest identified coronavirus patient in at least four clusters. The study found that half of the school-related cases were attributable to transmission between educators and students, which is likely to be due to the spread of the virus between educators in the first place, including “in face-to-face meetings or lunches.”
The author of the study wrote: “The initial infection among educators is spread in schools and subsequently to other educators, and plays an important role in the chain of infection between students and families, with particular emphasis on the importance of preventing infection among educators.”
This study shows that all nine star clusters “are less than the ideal physical distance”, and five star clusters involve “the degree of student use of masks is insufficient.”
The study author said that if there is a vaccination, it may help.
Expert: We need to vaccinate teachers
Valence told CNN at the beginning of this month that although teacher vaccinations are important, they are not important for reopening schools.
Dr. Anthony Fauci said at the White House: “Even if we don’t think every teacher needs to be vaccinated before opening a school, this does not eliminate the fact that we strongly support teachers’ vaccinations.” A briefing last week.
At the same time, at least one major expert continued to emphasize that she believes that teacher vaccination is a “necessary condition” for “returning to the classroom.”
Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician and visiting professor at the George Washington University Milken Institute’s School of Public Health, told CNN on Monday: “The CDC and the Biden administration need to step up their work immediately and say that teachers must be vaccinated. “If it is really urgent to get our children to return to school in person, then we need to vaccinate the teachers.”
Promote the reopening of schools from New York to Los Angeles
As more local and state leaders announce plans to reopen schools, national discussions about prioritizing teachers’ access to vaccines are still on their noses.
California Governor Austin Beutner said on Monday that in California, the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second university system in the United States, plans to welcome preschool children and elementary school students to in-person teaching no later than April 9. .
Beutner said: “As difficult as the decision to close a school classroom, it is even more difficult to reopen.” “We cannot-and will not-compromise on health and safety.”
UTLA President Cecily Myart-Cruz said in a statement to CNN: “Unfortunately, educators have been attacked, and when our students and their families face economic disasters, illnesses And at the time of death, the pressure to prevent unsafe returns falls on us.”
Los Angeles County health officials said that starting March 1, educators and childcare workers in the county will be eligible to receive the vaccine. Last week, Governor Gavin Newsom (Gavin Newsom) said that the state will allocate 10% of the Covid-19 vaccine dose to teachers and childcare workers to help them resume personal guidance.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo also urged local governments to work hard to make schools open “unless there is a peak of infection in a community or school.”
He said last week: “Students should be taught in class.” “Vaccinate teachers.”
On Monday, Cuomo said he had asked all local districts to report how many teachers had been vaccinated by this week.
He said: “The teachers are very worried that they have been vaccinated before returning to the classroom.” “I think we need to clarify this matter. Opening a school is very important, and it is also very important for children.”
At the same time, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly announced a back-to-school vaccine program last week, stating that the state is now accepting more Covid-19 vaccine doses. Under the program, counties will receive Explicitly designated for the delivery of additional vaccines for K-12 teachers and faculty.
In addition to vaccinations for teachers and staff, New York State will also provide schools with free rapid-result test supplies.
The governor said: “The emphasis on vaccinating K-12 teachers and faculty, free testing supplies, and continued compliance with other mitigation strategies will allow us to safely bring students back to face-to-face learning.”
CNN’s John Bonifield, Jamie Gumbrecht, Alexandra Meeks, Raja Razek, Kristina Sgueglia, Brian Vitagliano, Sarah Moon, Cheri Mossburg and Maggie Fox contributed to this.