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Feb 13, 2021
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WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says public schools can safely reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic if a host of safety measures are taken including keeping 6 feet of physical distancing inside school buildings where possible.

And while the vaccination of teachers is important, according to the CDC, it isn't a must for in-person instruction.

The CDC on Friday released new highly anticipated guidelines for reopening schools that are still closed and conducting classes virtually as the COVID-19 virus rages. President Joe Biden has repeatedly pointed to the guidelines as key to his goal of reopening the majority of schools within his first 100 days.

The guidelines – billed as a "road map" and a "one-stop shop" to safely reopen schools – are not federal mandates, but rather "recommendations based on the best-available evidence."

"There's more science to rely on and we've learned a lot from that science,"CDC Director Rochelle Walensky told reporters. "I can assure you this is free from political meddling."

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