Trump urges schools to reopen, criticizes CDC for ‘expensive,’ ‘impractical’ restrictions

President Donald Trump continued to urge schools to reopen on Wednesday, even suggesting that schools that remain closed for in-person instruction may not get federal funds, and blasted the CDC for making guidelines to reopen schools to expensive and restrictive for districts to implement. 

“The Dems think it would be bad for them politically if U.S. schools open before the November Election, but is important for the children & families. May cut off funding if not open!” Trump tweeted, noting that European countries had already opened schools without problems.

How and when to open schools has been a subject of debate in recent days, as coronavirus cases seem to be surging while deaths from the virus continue to decline.

CDC making it difficult for schools

The latests CDC guidance is making it difficult for cash-strapped schools to reopen in compliance, and many states have tied reopening to following these guidelines.

Trump criticized the CDC on Wednesday for those guidelines, calleing them “tough,” “expensive” and “impractical.”

A Trump administration senior official noted this week that the CDC never recommended schools close.

CDC insists guidelines are recommendations

CDC Director Robert Redfield was quick to say that any guidelines were “recommendations” and that schools should “do what they need” to do to reopen.

Vice President Mike Pence told reporters after the Trump tweet that the CDC would be issuing new guidelines for schools next week because “we just don’t want the guidance to be too tough” and discourage schools from opening.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has repeatedly said that kids need to be present for in-class lessons in the fall for their physical and mental well-being.

There are also economic considerations to schools reopening, since some parents will not be able to go back to work until kids go back to school. “Everybody wants it, the moms want it, the dads want it, the kids want it,” Trump said, Fox News reported.

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