California School Boards Association’s CIO doesn’t think schools will reopen for Fall semester
Determined to reopen America’s schools despite coronavirus worries, President Donald Trump threatened on Wednesday to hold back federal money if school districts don’t bring their students back in the fall. He complained that his own public health officials’ safety guidelines are impractical and too expensive.
Shortly afterward, Vice President Mike Pence announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would be issuing new guidance next week “that will give all new tools to our schools.” The recommendations will keep students safe, he said, but “the president said today we just don’t want the guidance to be too tough. ”
Despite Trump’s increased his pressure on state and local officials, New York City announced that most of its students would return to classrooms only two or three days a week and would learn online in between. “Most schools will not be able to have all their kids in school at the same time,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
For a nation that prides itself on its public school system, it’s a newly extraordinary situation in this pandemic-ridden year.
California School Boards Association’s Chief Information Officer, Troy Flint, discussed President Trump’s pressure to reopen schools on KUSI News.
On Twitter, Trump argued that countries including Germany, Denmark and Norway have reopened schools “with no problems.”
Dr. Scott Atlas of the Hoover Institute is sure that reopening schools will be safe for children saying, “the data is clear. Whether it’s from Canada, Switzerland, Sweden, the Netherlands, France, Spain, the United States, Asia, all over the world, children do not have any serious disease. Children almost never transmit the disease. In fact, Switzerland is contemplating stopping even testing children because it’s irrelevant.”
Continuing, “there is not serious risk of even getting the illness. But that’s not even the point here, I want to go even further. By now, we know who is at risk. K-12 teachers in the United States, half of them are under 41 years of age, they’re not at risk. 82% are under 55-years-old, if there is a handful, which there are, teachers in the high-risk category, don’t they know how to protect themselves with their so called 6-feet spacing and mask rules? And if they’re still afraid, even if they don’t want to do that, then they can teach from home. I don’t understand why they have to lock up schools.”
On the other hand, the California School Boards Association’s Chief Information Officer, Troy Flint, told KUSI News that California schools will not have the resources to safely reopen this Fall. Although, Flint noted that it will be a decision to be made by each individual county.