CDC Releases New Guidance On Reopening Schools | NBC Nightly News
CDC will present new guidelines for school opening
The administration continues to insist on the need to open schools in the new school year, despite the increase in the number of COVID-19 infections
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) plans to release new guidelines for school opening, Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday..
Earlier, President Donald Trump threatened to cut federal funding for schools that will not open in the new school year..
Speaking at a meeting of the coronavirus working group at the Ministry of Education today, the vice president said the CDC will release “a new set of tools” next week that will provide “more clarity on how to proceed.”.
“The President said today that we do not want the recommendations to be too harsh,” Pence said..
CDC Director Robert Redfield noted that the recommendations for opening the economy previously issued by the CDC were not binding.
“I would be very unpleasant … if we saw that people are using these guidelines in order not to open our schools,” – said Redfield.
The CDC has issued a series of guidelines for schools, including testing for COVID-19, dividing students into small groups, serving packed lunches in classrooms instead of cafeterias, and minimizing school sharing..
CDC recommends placing desks at least 6 feet apart, and installing partitions if social distancing is not possible.
The administration added that local authorities will adapt the recommendations on the opening of schools in accordance with their characteristics and needs..
“Ultimately, it’s not about what schools should open, but how they should open,” Education Minister Betsy DeVos said during a briefing..
Under the Constitution, states are responsible for primary and secondary education, but some states are postponing a decision to reopen schools for fear of a resumption of coronavirus outbreaks..
While acknowledging that the lion’s share of school funding comes from state budgets, Pence stressed that the administration will work with Congress to find ways that “incentivize states … to bring children back to school.”.
The federal government may provide additional funding for schools, including through Congressional appropriations. As Democrats control the House of Representatives, any attempt to cut funding for schools may face opposition.
Labor Minister Eugene Scalia stressed school opening is essential for economic recovery.