Fauci on how K-12 schools should handle opening this fall
At the same time, Betsy Devos said that school districts and states should develop their own plans for opening schools, taking into account the local situation.
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos supports administration’s push to open schools by fall.
“We know that children are infected with the virus much less frequently than any other segment of the population. Nothing in the available data shows that returning children to school poses a danger to them, ”Devos said on CNN’s State of the Art program..
She did not go into details about what recommendations the ministry she leads will make on the opening of schools amid the growing number of coronavirus cases across the country..
Devos also did not see a big threat of infection through the children of their parents, grandparents or guardians..
Asked whether schools should follow the recommendations of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which President Donald Trump recently criticized for being too harsh, Devos said that every school building is unique, like every school contingent..
The minister’s speech prompted an immediate reaction from House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who called the Trump administration’s approach to school opening dangerous.
“What we heard from the minister could be described as malfeasance and neglect,” Pelosi told CNN. – Returning to school poses the greatest risk for the spread of coronavirus. If there are recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, then they should become requirements “.
With the economy going through a tough time ahead of the November presidential election, in which he is seeking re-election, Trump is pressured states to reopen businesses and schools. He said Friday that the Treasury Department will review the tax breaks for schools and their federal funding if they do not resume face-to-face classes..
However, after many states eased coronavirus restrictions, the virus found new footholds. 24 states have reported a rise in new COVID-19 cases since early July, according to Reuters.
While acknowledging that the Ministry of Education does not have its own plans for the safe opening of schools that the department could be promoting, Devos stressed several times that each school district and state should develop its own plans based on local data on the spread of infection..
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