The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated COVID-19 Guidance for Safe Schools - as of July 18, 2021.
The AAP strongly advocates that all policy considerations for school plans should start with the goal of keeping students safe and physically present in school. It is critical to use science and data to guide decisions about the pandemic and school COVID-19 plans. All school COVID-19 policies should consider the following key principles and remember that COVID-19 policies are intended to mitigate, not eliminate, risk. Because school transmission reflects (but does not drive) community transmission, it is vitally important that communities take all necessary measures to limit the community spread of SARS-CoV-2 to ensure schools can remain open and safe for all students.
- The implementation of several coordinated interventions can greatly reduce risk. See the guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) as of July 18, 2021.