"As we say in Tennessee, that dog won't hunt," said Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
In a statement, Walensky said the agency "prioritized academics over athletics because of the increased risks involved in some extracurricular sports.
In the fall, 99 percent of schools were able to remain open during the intense delta wave of COVID.".
Part of the problem, Schaffner and others say, is that CDC scientists are sometimes stuck in a bubble.
But on the other hand, it's unrealistic to think that schools would cancel band, choir and school musicals now or at any other period of high transmission.
I think everyone's doing their best to take care of the whole child," said Imhoff, a school superintendent in Ohio.
But he added that the CDC still would likely come under fire for its guidance, at least from some people. »