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CDC Provides School Reopening Plan

Yet, not everyone is happy.

For much of 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was muzzled by the Trump administration. Now, it is the center point for information dissemination and expertise on the coronavirus pandemic. We finally have a science-based information source, yet not everyone is happy with the information it is putting out — especially about how to safely reopen schools for learning.

See the CDC Schools and Child Care Programs website for information on the plan.

Who is unhappy? School administrations, parents, teachers, staff, students, and I suppose school bus drivers. There is something for everyone to dislike in the plan. Reactions range from it is too hard to reopen schools, to teachers stating that it is not safe for them to return to the classroom. 

We got what we wanted and still no one is totally happy with the results, meaning guidance coming out of the CDC. Let's just agree that they have a tough mission and, unfortunately, the dynamic nature of the pandemic, with new virus variants about to become dominant, will not make it any easier. 

Tough to be the CDC!

Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.