President Donald Trump is now acknowledging that some schools may need to delay their reopening this fall as the coronavirus continues to surge. Still, the president insists every school should be “actively making preparations to open.” (July 23)
DONALD TRUMP: All families should be empowered to make the decision that is right for their own circumstance. This is especially important if a child has underlying health conditions or lives with a parent or grandparent who is at higher risk. In cities or states that are current hotspots-- and you'll see that in the map behind me-- districts may need to delay reopening for a few weeks. And that's possible. That'll be up to governors.
The decision should be made based on the data and the facts on the grounds in each community. But every district should be actively making preparations to open. Again, the children obviously have a very strong immune system.
Today the CDC will provide additional guidance for how schools can reopen safely. I hope that local leaders put the full health and well-being of their students first and make the right decision for children parents, teachers, and not make political decisions. This isn't about politics. This is about something very, very important. This is not about politics.
We're asking Congress to provide $105 billion to schools as part of the next coronavirus relief bill. This funding will support mitigation measures, such as smaller class sizes, more teachers and teacher aides, repurposing spaces to practice social distancing and, crucially, mask wearing.
If schools do not reopen, the funding should go to parents to send their child to public, private, charter, religious or home school of their choice-- the key word being choice. If the school is closed, the money should follow the student. So the parents and families are in control of their own decisions. So we'd like the money to go to the parents of the student. This way, they can make the decision that's best for them.