(CNN)Five full days a week, every week: After more than a year of remote learning, hybrid schedules and missed experiences, getting back to school — “normal” school — is all many parents and students want. But with Covid-19 surging again in some US states and concerns over new virus variants growing, what classrooms will look like exactly in the fall is still evolving.The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidance last week on the importance of having all schools opened for in-person, full-time instruction in the fall. To safely keep schools open, the CDC recommended what it calls “a layered mitigation strategy.” This is a systematic strategy involving multiple interventions to reduce risk, such as including the use of indoor masks for unvaccinated students and teachers.
What happens if schools reopen but don’t enforce these procedures? For example, what should parents do if schools don’t require masks? Should vaccinated children over 12 feel comfortable removing their masks in schools? And when might vaccines be available for younger children?