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Statement by Lee Savio Beers, MD, FAAP, President of the American Academy of Pediatrics

“Today the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provided updated recommendations to keep children, teachers and staff safe as schools re-open. This includes a recommendation that along with universal masking, in some settings students may be placed 3 feet apart. This update mirrors the guidance that the American Academy of Pediatrics has offered 

As a nation, we should be prioritizing helping schools reopen safely so that children and adolescents can benefit from everything that schools provide. I hope this new, detailed guidance from the CDC helps more school districts adopt strategies that enable all students to safely return to in-person school as soon as possible.” 

Additional resource: AAP COVID-19 Guidance for Safe Schools 


The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 67,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. For more information, visit 

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