President Donald Trump said he may cut off funding to schools that dont reopen from lockdowns imposed by governors across the nation.
Most schools in the United States remain closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Democrats believe it would be “bad for them politically if U.S. schools open before the November Election, but is important for the children & families,” Trump, a Republican, wrote on Twitter on July 8.
“May cut off funding if not open!”
The president noted that schools in a number of countries, including Germany, Denmark, and Sweden, have reopened, and that those countries arent experiencing problems linked to the reopenings. A Dutch research institute said this week that children play a minor role in the spread of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus.
Trump said a day prior that he would pressure governors to reopen schools.
Secretary of Health Alex Azar said at a White House round table on July 7 featuring students, administrators, teachers, and health officials that schools can reopen safely.
“Its really simple practices of common sense. Its social distancing. Its wearing face coverings when youre in a setting that you cant social distance. And its practicing good personal hygiene. The tools are there to bring our kids back safely, to protect our teachers and our staff, and its time to do it now,” he said.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Robert Redfield said all schools are encouraged to do what they need to reopen.
“CDC never recommended general school closure, throughout this pandemic. We see schools as a vital part of this society, and we think as you measure the different risks, we would see the great risk to our society is to have these schools closed,” he told people at the round table.
The CCP virus primarily spreads via respiratory droplets released when infected people talk, cough, or sneeze, the health agency states on its website. Its also believed to spread when someone touches a contaminated surface and then touches their nose or mouth.
Recommendations for schools include having students wear face coverings, teaching proper hand-washing techniques, and urging students and staff members who feel sick to stay home.
Trump said in another social media statement that he disagrees with the CDC on their reopening guidelines for schools.
“While they want them open, they are asking schools to do very impractical things. I will be meeting with them!” he said.
A number of health experts, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, are recommending schools reopen to in-person instruction.
The group said in a policy statement that it “strongly advocates that all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school.”