White House Pushes To Reopen Schools Despite A Surge In Coronavirus Cases

Trump says schools must reopen in fall despite increasing number of cases

Trump: schools MUST reopen in the fall

President Donald Trump continued his administration's push for schools to reopen this fall with a roundtable discussion at the White House on Tuesday.

He said the United States "has really done well" and that now is the time to stay open, adding that "we will put out the fires as they arise, but we have to open our schools".

The White House focus on education amid the ongoing pandemic comes the day after Florida's education commissioner signed an emergency order saying, "all school boards and charter school governing boards must open brick and mortar schools at least five days per week for all students", subject to change based on future executive orders and advice of local health departments.

Earlier on Tuesday, the White House said the Trump administration is concerned about the negative impact school closures may have on child and adolescent development, especially children in under-served communities.

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Now, as more states safely reopen under President Trump's guidelines, local leaders must continue to put the critical needs of America's children first.

Trump said the White House plans to pressure state governors and educators to reopen schools in the fall, despite soaring infection rates across the country.

"I hesitate to make any broad statements about whether it is or is not quote "safe" for kids to come back to school", Fauci told CNN in June. He previously tweeted that presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden doesn't want schools to open in the fall for "political reasons". He noted that COVID-19 cases tend to be milder in young people, adding that the greatest risk is transmission from children to more vulnerable populations.

The Center for Disease control has published guidance for how to safely reopen schools, Azar said, but said that guidance is meant to "enable and empower" the reopening of schools. "They're missing the laughter of their friends, learning from their teachers and the joy of recess and play", she said.

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Yet as September approaches, there are still few concrete plans in place on either the state or the federal level about how to open schools safely. So far, $13.5 billion has been appropriated to K-12 education. The president of the American Pediatrics Association said schools help address economic and racial inequities. Many parents are working from home alongside their children as they receive online education.

Secretary DeVos said the Administration expects children to be back in their learning environments this fall-and urged decision-makers to think practically about the consequences if children do not return to the classroom this year.

The President was joined by First Lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Second Lady Karen Pence, other Trump administration officials, and several education professionals and teachers.

Many colleges, including Harvard University, have already announced that they do not plan to hold in-person classes this fall and will instead hold courses online.

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"I think it's ridiculous, I think it's an easy way out and I think they ought to be ashamed of themselves, if you want to know the truth", Trump said Tuesday.

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