In August, the New York State Education Department released a summary guide for health and safety for school year 2021-2022. The NYSED guidance is based on the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools and the American Academy of Pediatrics’ COVID-19 Guidance for Safe Schools , to aid schools and districts as they prepare for the 2021-2022 school year.
"Given new evidence on the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant, CDC has updated the guidance for fully vaccinated people. CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. Children should return to full-time in-person learning in the fall with layered prevention strategies in place."
CDC’s public sector vaccine ordering data show a 14% drop in 2020-2021 compared to 2019, and measles vaccine is down by more than 20%. Kids need to get caught up now so that they are protected as they go back to inperson learning. Catch-up vaccination will require efforts from healthcare systems, health care providers, schools, state and local governments, and families.