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  • Writer's pictureRebecca Natow

CDC Guidance on Reopening and Safely Operating Colleges in the Wake of COVID-19

The CDC has posted some guidance on the safe opening of college campuses in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The recommendations include:

"Offer options for faculty and staff at higher risk for severe illness (including older adults and people of all ages with certain underlying medical conditions) that limit their exposure risk (e.g., telework and modified job responsibilities)."

"Monitor absenteeism of employees and students, cross-train staff, and create a roster of trained back-up staff."

"Close shared spaces such as dining halls, game rooms, exercise rooms, and lounges if possible; otherwise, stagger use and restrict the number of people allowed in at one time to ensure everyone can stay at least 6 feet apart, and clean and disinfect between use."

"Recommend and reinforce use of cloth face coverings among students, faculty, and staff. Face coverings should be worn as feasible and are most essential in times when physical distancing is difficult. Individuals should be frequently reminded not to touch the face covering and to wash their hands frequently. Information should be provided to all students, faculty, and staff on proper use, removal, and washing of cloth face coverings."

Read the full document here.

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