As Reports of Infected Schoolchildren Rise, Trump Again Pushes for Schools to Reopen Without Ensuring It’s Safe
August 4, 2020
In a late-night, all-caps tweet yesterday, Trump again pushed for schools to reopen.
Everyone wants kids to be able to go back to classrooms, but Trump has failed to control the virus and still can’t ensure fully reopening schools will be safe. As students and staff in reopened schools across the country are testing positive for coronavirus, Trump is putting the lives of other children, school staff, and their families at risk.
Georgia — Washington Post: “On Wednesday, teachers in Georgia’s largest school district returned to elementary, middle and high school campuses to start in-person planning for the fall semester. By the next day, 260 district employees had been barred from entering their schools, either because they tested positive for the coronavirus or had been directly exposed to someone who had.”
Indiana — Washington Post: “On Thursday, the first day back for students at a middle school in Greenfield, Ind., a student who came to classes tested positive.”
Mississippi — Washington Post: “Within the first week of reopening, a school district in Mississippi reported its first positive case and identified 14 other students who came in contact with the sick pupil. By Monday, two more students had tested positive, the district said on Facebook.”
Kansas — Washington Post: “After attending a three-day retreat to plan the upcoming school year, 11 school leaders who serve campuses in Chanute, Kan., tested positive for the virus by Monday.”
And Betsy DeVos keeps spreading dangerous misinformation about kids’ potential to contract and spread the virus, contradicting a growing body of research.
DEVOS: “All of the data suggests that kids don’t contract the virus at the same rates as adults, and that they don’t pass it on in the same way.”
New York Times: “A large new study from South Korea offers an answer: Children younger than 10 transmit to others much less often than adults do, but the risk is not zero. And those between the ages of 10 and 19 can spread the virus at least as well as adults do. The findings suggest that as schools reopen, communities will see clusters of infection take root that include children of all ages, several experts cautioned.”
New York Times: “Infected children have at least as much of the coronavirus in their noses and throats as infected adults, according to the research. Indeed, children younger than age 5 may host up to 100 times as much of the virus in the upper respiratory tract as adults, the authors found.”