The PHDMC’s recommendations included “some general ideas” that “apply in every situation,” but districts “will need to customize their plans to meet this guidance,” said Jennifer Wentzel, director of environmental health with PHDMC, in a statement released by the agency.
Among Public Health’s recommendations were face masks for all students in grades 3-12, classroom occupancy “based on each individual circumstance with the maximum amount of safety considerations possible,” and assigning students seats.
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“Normal student spacing within a school building during a school day does not take distancing into account,” Romick said. “Therefore, we are forced to look at alternative ways to use our classroom and non-classroom spaces, again, with the goal of maximum safety being paramount.
“While we know and have known that any return to school for 2020-21 would be different than normal, it is extremely difficult not to know what that looks like,” he added.