School may return to almost-normal this fall

(CNN) Between the first 12-year-olds receiving their Covid-19 vaccines and new guidance that vaccinated people can remove their masks indoors, the outlook for school in the fall resembles what it was like before the pandemic.
After more than a year in which many students were learning remotely, children and educators should expect to return to in-person and full-time classes, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky told ABC on Friday.
"We have the capacity now, between vaccines and testing, screening, we believe schools can and should be a very safe place for people to go back to in the fall," Walensky said.
This week marked a major shift in the pandemic culture in the US.
Not only did the US Food and Drug Administration and the CDC expand the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine authorization for people as young as 12, the CDC also revised guidance on mask use.