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Schools weigh whether to seat students closer together

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Posted at 12:06 AM, Mar 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-16 17:55:34-04

BOSTON (AP) — New evidence that it may be safe for schools to seat students 3 feet apart — half of the previous recommended distance — could offer a way to return more of the nation’s children to classrooms with limited space. Social distancing guidelines have remained a major hurdle for districts across the U.S. Debate around the issue flared last week when a study suggested that masked students can be seated as close as 3 feet apart with no increased risk to them or teachers. Massachusetts has backed the 3-foot guideline for months. Illinois and Indiana are also allowing 3 feet of distance. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now exploring the idea too.