As schools across the country return to in-person learning this fall amid the resurgence of COVID-19 cases , the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation supports both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations that teachers, staff, children, and visitors at K-12 schools wear masks during the COVID-19 pandemic, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated.
Additionally, the Foundation opposes laws or regulations that prevent local school districts from implementing appropriate safety precautions they deem necessary to protect their communities. We urge states to provide all K-12 schools with the flexibility to protect students and staff during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
In-person learning is vital for children's social development and emotional well-being. The Foundation urges school districts to implement universal masking to ensure a return to in-person learning. However, if a school district does not require masks, other accommodations -- including remote learning during the 2021-2022 academic year -- must be offered for students who are at higher risk for severe illness from the virus, including those with cystic fibrosis.
Until COVID-19 is no longer a serious threat, precautions like masking remain critical tools for reducing infection and spread of the virus. Schools should have the authority to utilize these safety measures as we continue to battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.
More information, including considerations and resources for returning to school can be found here.