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CDC Eases Social Distancing Guidelines Seen as a Hurdle to School Reopening

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased its recommendations for social distancing in K-12 schools Friday, saying 3 feet of space between students who are wearing masks is a sufficient safeguard for safety in most classroom situations.

Many educators and policy makers viewed the agency’s previous recommendation of 6 feet of space as a major hurdle to a full return to in-person school during the COVID-19 pandemic. And some feared the more rigid guideline could affect schools’ ability to return to fuller in-person operations in the fall.

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