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School Superintendents Dismiss White House, Will Follow Leaked CDC Guidance on Reopening Schools

School district superintendents – those responsible for making decisions about how and when to reopen schools – are planning to follow detailed guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that was shelved by the White House last month instead of the official guidance published Thursday.

Education officials have been clamoring for more thorough direction from the Trump administration as to how and when they can safely reopen schools, but the long-awaited CDC guidance published to its web site last night – a one-page decision tree – left them underwhelmed.

“Our recommendation to our members will be to follow that first report, official or not, because at least it gives pretty specific guidelines,” says Daniel Domenech, executive director of AASA, the School Superintendents Association, which represents school district leaders across the country.

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