Schools may reduce student ‘social distancing’ from six feet to three - Seven Days

Vermont’s tough school reopening guidelines may soften slightly next week, if the six-feet social distancing requirement is cut to three feet.

"Dr. Wendy Davis, a former Vermont Health commissioner and member of the “Safe and Healthy Schools Task Force,” said the six-foot recommendation was made in June and represented a “conservative approach.” Based on new data from international studies, the American Academy of Pediatrics has since decided that schools can consider three to six feet of social distancing, something the task force is now “revisiting,” she said.

It's unclear whether the new distancing rule would apply to all students. Some research has shown younger children are less likely to transmit the coronavirus than adults, and even teenagers."



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