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Back to school: What parents need to know about relaxed CDC COVID guidelines

As kids make their way back to the classroom, it’s important to note which Coronavirus guidelines are still in place, and which ones are now a thing of the past.

“I look forward to this year more than last year just because things have gone down with Coronavirus,” said PSUSD student Valeira Hernandez.

Many students are excited to be back in class, after the Coronavirus pandemic put them online for 2 years. “We were on computers for so long that I think we’re still adjusting to being in school,” said PSUSD student Ava Orantes.

On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dropped its quarantine recommendation for anyone that comes in contact with an infected person.

CDC officials say it’s because most people have a level of immunity to the virus, from either being vaccinated or being infected.

“They kids are so resilient," said parent Amy Steinhauser, "They have come home with colds and such and they have totally been able to fight those colds. Covid doesn’t seem to be such a concern for me anymore.”

The CDC says students who come in contact with an infected person, will no longer need to test or even quarantine.

Officials also said people no longer need to stay at least 6 feet away from others.

“I just received a notice today from the school that one of my kids was exposed to it. And it’s just if they start showing symptoms then you know, then keep them home but other than that it seems to be pretty easy going," Steinhauser added.

Many say they’re ready to put the pandemic in the past. “I feel good! It’s more enjoyable that way because online is just not for me. And yeah, I really the fact that there’s extracurriculars and things going on. I enjoy it way more," Hernandez explained.

Some parents believe it’s safe enough for their kids to return to class, “I’m excited that they’re back to normal student stuff. That’s it so, yeah I’m excited about it,” said parent Victor Orantes.

The Palm Springs and Coachella Valley Unified School Districts kicked off the school year this week.

Desert Sands Unified will welcome back students on Monday.

Stay with News Channel 3 for your Back to School coverage.

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