CDC Backs Trump, Warns of 'Severe' Consequences if Schools Don't Reopen
Centres for Disease Control and Prevention releases new guidance
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has agreed with President Donald Trump on his stance on reopening schools in the fall, releasing new guidance warning of severe consequence they fail to do so.
The updated guidance aligns with the American Academy of Pediatrics's (AAP) recommendations, which endorsed school reopenings with limited exceptions in June.
The new guidance also sides with Trump rather than Dr, Fauci and various Democrats who have called for the school to remain closed due to health concerns from the coronavirus.
The CDC guidance reads:
“The best available evidence from countries that have opened schools indicates that COVID-19 poses low risks to school-aged children, at least in areas with low community transmission, and suggests that children are unlikely to be major drivers of the spread of the virus."
“Reopening schools creates opportunity to invest in the education, well-being, and future of one of America’s greatest assets — our children — while taking every precaution to protect students, teachers, staff, and all their families.”
Trump has continually pushed for schools to resume in-person learning as soon as possible.
Earlier this month, the President threatened to “cut off” school funding if stated do not reopen them in the fall following the coronavirus pandemic.
“In Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and many other countries, SCHOOLS ARE OPEN WITH NO PROBLEMS,” Trump said.
“The Dems think it would be bad for them politically if U.S. schools open before the November Election, but is important for the children & families,” he continued.
“May cut off funding if not open!”
In Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and many other countries, SCHOOLS ARE OPEN WITH NO PROBLEMS. The Dems think it would be bad for them politically if U.S. schools open before the November Election, but is important for the children & families. May cut off funding if not open!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 8, 2020
Trump also slammed the CDC for its “very tough & expensive guidelines for opening schools.”
“While they want them open, they are asking schools to do very impractical things,” he said.
But Democrats and teachers unions have pushed back against Trump's strategy to reopen schools.
The Florida Education Association (FEA), the state’s largest teachers union, sued Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis earlier this week over a state Department of Education order for schools to reopen.
“Everyone wants schools to reopen, but we don’t want to begin in-person teaching, face an explosion of cases and sickness, then be forced to return to distance learning,” The FEA argued.