ND American Academy of Pediatrics call on school boards to adopt COVID policy consistent with the CDC and AAP

BISMARCK, ND (KFYR) — Health care professionals across the state are urging school districts to step up efforts to mitigate COVID-19 mitigation before school begins.

The North Dakota chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics has sent a letter to the North Dakota School Boards Association and all school boards in North Dakota requesting that they adopt a COVID policy consistent with the American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC.

The letter describes the importance of keeping children in school – but in a safe way.

It said all eligible individuals should receive the COVID-19 vaccine and that all students over the age of two plus all school staff at school should wear face masks unless they have medical conditions that prohibit its use.

They must also have adequate and timely COVID-19 testing resources available and accessible.

“If we have kids in school who don’t mask, it will spread within the school to teachers, students, and there will be hospitalizations and possibly death as a secondary consequence of that, which is really sad,” says NDAAP Advocacy and Policy Chair Dr. Grant Syverson.

More than 60 members signed the document.

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