As states and districts around the US debate whether to open schools in the fall, President Trump has announced that schools could possibly lose federal funding if they fail to do so. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be releasing additional references for their official guidelines within the next week, which would help schools in the process of reopening. The current guidelines include face masks, social distancing measures between desks and students, and closures of play grounds and other common spaces. Schools have discussed teaching fully online, having groups of students rotate, or hybrid schooling, with 1-3 days in person. There is no general consensus so far.
The Right believes it is important for schools to fully reopen. After Trump expressed his disapproval of the CDC guidelines, Vice President Mike Pence said that the CDC would be releasing a new “set of tools” next week. Florida is requiring all schools to open according to regular schedule in the fall, with Gov. Ron DeSantis stating “You can have society function in a way that keeps people safe.” Texas will do the same. A group of 1,500 pediatricians in the United Kingdom agreed that the best choice would be in-person schooling, stating in a letter that it will be the “difference between surviving and thriving” for many children.
“Ultimately it’s not a matter of if schools should reopen. It’s simply a matter of how. They must fully open and they must be fully operational, and how that happens is best left to education and community leaders.”Betsy DeVos,
DeVos noted that an affluent DC area’s spring trial of “distance learning was a disaster,” and said we cannot allow that to happen again across the country.
SCHOOLS MUST OPEN IN THE FALL!!!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 6, 2020
The Left believes that physical health is the most important factor when it comes to schooling in the fall and criticizes the “return to school as normal” mindset. CDC Director Robert Redfield, who has been at odds with Trump, stated that “it’s guidance, it’s not requirements, and its purpose is to facilitate the reopening and keeping open the schools in this country.” The LA schools superintendent said that “The only way to do this is with extensive testing and contact tracing,” adding that this was not the job of schools but health authorities – and a necessary one.
“The No. 1 priority has to be that whatever’s done is done safely. And if that means that remote learning has to continue for a large section of the population, then that’s what needs to happen.”Dan Domenech, Executive Director for The School Superintendents Association
Betsy DeVos called out Fairfax County schools She doesn’t know us very well. We love our kids & staff & won’t be bullied into blatantly unsafe plans. She doesn’t know me well. No one bullies me into unnecessarily risking lives. If I don’t get re-elected bc of it, I’m good. #fcps— Rachna Sizemore Heizer (@RachnaHeizer) July 8, 2020