Biden Hasn't Committed to Reopening Schools Because Pandemic ‘Unpredictable'
Senior adviser reveals Biden's plans for schools
Senior White House advisor Anita Dunn says Democrat Joe Biden has not committed to reopening schools this fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic being “unpredictable.”
During a CNN interview on Sunday, host Jake Tapper asked:
“President Biden said in an interview that schools should probably all be open in the fall. Can you clarify?”
“Is it the Biden administration’s position that all K-12 schools should be back full-time, in person learning start of next school year?”
"And is the Biden White House willing to push back on any teachers unions or others who stake out any position to the contrary not backed up by science?”
“Now, he said probably. He didn’t say absolutely,” Dunn responded.
Anita Dunn, an adviser to the President, says that schools should probably reopen in September if people continue to get vaccinated, adding that it is not absolute because "it's an unpredictable virus." #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/VzvykrW7sB— CNN (@CNN) May 2, 2021
“But, given the science, if the vaccination program in this country proceeds, if people do go get their vaccines, there — he does believe that schools should be able to reopen in September, and reopen safely, following the CDC guidelines.
"But he said probably."
"He said — did not say absolutely, because we have all seen this since, unfortunately, January of 2020."
"It’s an unpredictable virus.”
The news comes a month after the largest local teachers’ union in California called Gov. Gavin Newsom’s school reopening plan "a recipe for propagating structural racism.”
The United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) blasted Newsom's plan to provide $6.6 billion for schools to accelerate the reopening process as coronavirus cases drop.
The governor’s office said in a press release:
“$2 billion would fund safety measures to support in-person instruction, such as personal protective equipment, ventilation upgrades, and COVID-19 testing."
"$4.6 billion would fund expanded learning opportunities, such as summer school, tutoring, and mental health services."