3 Feet Between Students Is Enough for Schools to Reopen

3 Feet Between Students Is Enough for Schools to Reopen

The researchers’ analysis showed no significant differences in COVID-19 case rates between K–12 districts in Massachusetts that implemented 3 feet versus those that implemented 6 feet of physical distancing. The researchers analyzed publicly available data from 251 eligible school districts during a 16-week period from the time schools opened in September through January. They looked at the cases of COVID-19 among in-person students and school staffers and compared case rates in districts with 3 feet of distancing with districts that had 6 feet of distancing. This new data is positive news for schools that struggle to reopen due to limited space for students. Branch-Elliman also pointed out that the reduction in the amount of feet needed between students promotes a more normal classroom environment.

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