Teachers’ union criticizes changing CDC guidelines for schools

WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its school safety guidelines again after their data showed an increase in the number of children being hospitalized due to the COVID-19 omicron variant.

Before the latest update, school districts were struggling to adapt.

“The CDC is doing the opposite by changing its guidelines every nanosecond,” said Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers.

Weingarten said the CDC’s updated recommendations on school safety are backfired.

“I think it just creates more confusion,” says Weingarten.

The AFT president said educators are focused on keeping people safe and keeping children in school. Despite the omicron increase, she said more than 90% of schools remained open. But she says more must be done.

“We need to be prepared for unusual circumstances like shortages,” Weingarten said. “We have many more weeks of tough skiing, so let’s do a quick test for kids and educators. Make sure people use them.”

Under guidance released Thursday, teachers, staff and students with COVID-19 can return to school in just five days if they have not had a fever for 24 hours and wear a mask for another five days. CDC also recommends that both unvaccinated and fully vaccinated employees check in weekly.

Some school districts, like in Chicago, are still choosing to return to virtual learning despite the new regulations.

“Of course, I want the kids to go back to school,” said Senator Dick Durbin, of the hospital, DI. Durbin said he hopes the better directives will encourage teachers and staff to return.

“I never wanted to put them in a dangerous situation as far as public health is concerned, but I wanted to speak to the experts,” Durbin said.

On Friday, the CDC specifically recommended that all children 5 years of age and older get their shots and booster shots when eligible.

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Emma Bowman

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