Some U.S. health experts have expressed hope that schools will reopen in the fall, but hundreds of children have been infected in day care centers in Texas in recent weeks,media BGR reported. If the u.S. rate of new crown infections doesn’t drop significantly before the fall, sending children to school could put children, as well as teachers and parents, at risk. Texas has restored security measures to slow the spread of the virus in day care centers.
More than 300 children tested positive for COVID-19 at a Texas nursery, the Texas Tribune reported. As of 30 June, there were 950 new crown-confirmed cases in 668 nurseries – 307 children and 643 staff. That’s up from 59 in May and 576 on June 23, more than a week ago.
As the Texas Tribune points out, the American Academy of Pediatrics’ guidance recommends that students should “show up in person in school” in the next school year because the educational and developmentrisks of continuing to keep children at home outweigh the potential health risks. The American Academy of Pediatrics also recommends maintaining a social distance of at least three feet between students, explaining: “Based on current evidence, the relative impact of physical distance between children may be small and, of course, difficult to implement.” “
However, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines are more stringent, saying that every nursery should keep children at least six feet away and send students or staff members home for two to five days if they test positive for COVID-19, so public health officials can determine what to do next.
Texas has reinstated safety measures that were lifted last month, including temperature checks and a ban on family meals, as the number of new confirmed cases at these nurseries rose.
Danielle Pestrikoff, a spokeswoman for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, reportedly said in an email: “Suppliers must comply with state minimum standards to ensure the health and safety of children in care.” HHSC has issued emergency rules that require operations to implement screening procedures consistent with the CDC’s latest guidelines. We continue to recommend that nursery operators follow the CDC’s guidance and the guidance set out in Governor Abbott’s Open Texas Checklist. “