The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday that it is revising its social distancing guidelines for children in school, shortening the distance from six feet to three feet.
The recommendation applies to all communities, regardless of spread in the area, the CDC said.
The health agency said it still recommends middle school and high school students continue distancing six feet in communities with high transmission of the coronavirus where schools are unable to keep students and teachers in assigned groups. It also recommends six feet of social distancing when eating and during activities such as brand practice or sports.
"CDC is committed to leading with science and updating our guidance as new evidence emerges," CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said in a statement. "Safe in-person instruction gives our kids access to critical social and mental health services that prepare them for the future, in addition to the education they need to succeed."