Health Experts Say School Districts Need To Take Safety Steps Before Offering In-Person Instruction

Dec 23, 2020

Local health experts say that school districts that are considering offering in-person instruction during the pandemic need to be ready to implement safety measures when they re-open their doors. 


Wearing masks, social distancing, and limiting class sizes are among the top safety measures Saint Joseph Mercy Health System in Ann Arbor recommends that districts enforce if they want to offer in-person instruction.  At Ann Arbor Public Schools, more and more parents are asking the district for in-person learning options.  Dr. Anurag Malani is the medical director of infection prevention and control at St. Joe’s and explains the current situation when it comes to COVID-19 and schools in general. 

Dr. Anurag Malani: When we talk about transmission in schools, it’s really happening outside of schools.  So, either extra-curricular activities, locker rooms, parties, that seems to be where most of the transmission is.

Dr. Malani says it will be essential for school districts to establish a contact tracing system to prevent further transmission of the virus.

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