CDC Guidance Dramatically Under-Represents Classroom Student Capacity Under 6' Social Distancing

9 Pages Posted: 10 Mar 2021 Last revised: 11 Mar 2021

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Benjamin S. Kay

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Date Written: March 10, 2021

Abstract

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides sample classroom layouts that promote 6-foot social distancing during in-person education. These sample 30' by 30' classroom layouts hold at most 9 students while complying with the 6-foot social distancing requirement. I offer an alternative layout that allows 21 students into the classroom while complying with the minimum social distancing requirement. Improved layouts reduce or even eliminate the need for rotating cohorts of students and wait-lists, allowing more days of live instruction per student.

Keywords: COVID-19, Social Distancing, In-person Schooling, Optimal Packing, Efficient Classroom Configuration

JEL Classification: I18, I28

Suggested Citation

Kay, Benjamin, CDC Guidance Dramatically Under-Represents Classroom Student Capacity Under 6' Social Distancing (March 10, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3801004 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3801004

Benjamin Kay (Contact Author)

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System ( email )

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Washington, DC 20551
United States

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