Trump says he will pressure governors to open schools in the fall

Trump says he will pressure governors to open schools in the fall

The Trump administration is encouraging schools to reopen this fall to respect the "holistic health and learning needs" of students despite a rise of COVID-19 cases in numerous states, senior administration officials said Tuesday.

Trump, a Republican seeking re-election in November, on Monday tweeted "SCHOOLS MUST OPEN IN THE FALL!", as local officials across the country began pausing or scaling back their reopenings due to the surge in infections.

"Our word to the parents that are looking on to teachers that are looking on, administrators, leaders in your community, is that we are ready to work with the leaders in your school system and in your state to find a safe and responsible way to reopen your schools". "Everybody wants it. The moms want it".

But that bright outlook was met with skepticism by some beyond the White House.

"We are not closing", Trump said.

Colleges and universities are also now in the process of deciding whether students will return to campus in the coming months.

On Tuesday, Trump was scheduled to hold a discussion at the White House on re-opening schools, while Vice President Mike Pence speaks with governors on the topic, a senior administration official told reporters. "Wrong, the people get it!"

It's not the first time Trump has linked the reopening of schools with political intentions.

Now as per the John Hopkins University COVID-19 Tracker, the number of positive cases in the United States is at 2,934,499, with 130,271 casualties.

"We can get back to school".

Federal pressure to reopen schools hits Idaho as positive COVID cases are climbing, and state leaders are on the brink of announcing guidance for how K-12 school districts should proceed in the fall.

Later, Trump sharply criticized Harvard University for announcing plans to only partially reopen in the fall, conducting many classes online, calling that "an easy way out".

"I think it's ridiculous". Long periods away from school, the AAP says, interrupts support services for children and often results in social isolation.

"It's clear that the greater risk to our society is to have these schools close", Redfield said.

"The reality is no one should listen to Donald Trump or Betsy DeVos when it comes to what is best for students".

Meanwhile, school systems have been looking at ways to creatively reopen, such as offering hybrid schedules and monitoring students' health.

"Many of these workers have stayed on the job, putting themselves in harm's way to deliver meals to students and families, drop off work packets to students, and keep our schools sanitized and safe", she said.

DeVos made the comments during a call with governors. "A choice of two days per week in the classroom is not a choice at all", DeVos said, according to audio of the call obtained by The Associated Press.

Most working parents of school-age children also depend on in-person instruction to allow them to work. That organization is urging schools to reopen if possible, while following safety guidelines. "Many will be forced to make stressful choices between caring for their children and going back to work". Arne Duncan, who served as education secretary under former President Barack Obama, has said the focus should be on making sure students can return safely. We can do this safely.

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