CDC clarifies: Schools must continue to make kids wear masks for now

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The U.S. Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention clarified over the weekend that its new guidance on mask-wearing does not apply to American schools, which should continue to mandate masks for kids and social distancing through the end of the current school year.

Last week, the CDC said that Americans who've been vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need to wear face coverings indoors or outdoors because they've been protected from the virus and will not get sick. But K-12 schools should continue to impose mask-wearing through the end of the 2020-21 school year, the CDC said Saturday.

"Our school guidance to complete the school year will not change," CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky told Fox News on Sunday. She also said the agency will update its school guidance for the fall sometime during summer break.

"We need to update our school guidance, child care guidance, travel guidance — we have a lot of work that we need to do, " Walensky said. "We are actively working on that now."

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