The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just put out its latest statement on reopening schools.
In an appearance on the Fox News Channel’s “Fox News Sunday,” CDC director Rochelle Walensky claimed that “a lot more resources are needed” before children can be allowed to go back to school.”
“They need space, they need to de-densify their classrooms, they need staffing, they need nurses, another layer of mitigation would be school screening to keep folks safe even after vaccination,” she said. “So I think we need a lot more resources in order to get the schools safe.”
She continued: “If one of the things that’s really been emphasized in the school reopening is how unsafe some of our school ventilation systems are. That’s a problem not just for SARS-CoV-2 but for other respiratory viruses, for children with asthma, for exposure to mold. I think that there’s a lot of work that we need to do in order to get our children, our schools’ safe environment.”
That’s a curious shift
Walensky had previously made headlines in January, saying, schools ought to reopen soon.
“Current data from schools, from summer camps and whatnot also suggested that the children not only have decreased rates of symptoms, but have decreased rates of transmissibility,” she said.
This, though, was problematic for the Biden administration. So, White House Press Reporter Jen Psaki claimed that Walkensky made this remark in her own “personal capacity” as opposed to in her role as CDC director.
Now, though, with this latest statement, it appears that Walensky has got the memo from Biden. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the infectious diseases expert who is the White House chief medical examiner, also got that memo.
In an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” Fauci too claimed that “more resources” are needed to get kids back in school. He further claimed that President Joe Biden’s coronavirus stimulus bill would provide those resources, suggesting that maybe kids will get to go back to school when such a bill is passed.
This is the Biden administration’s latest strategy . . .
. . . to deal with school reopenings. The problem for Biden is that, politically speaking, he needs the support of teacher unions, and those teacher unions have made it clear that they do not want kids back in school.
This is problematic for the Biden administration because it has promised to follow the science. And, science has shown us that kids are not particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus and that coronavirus cases, in general, are on the decline. On top of that, it has been found that, with schools closed, mental health problems among kids are on the rise.
So, the Biden administration now appears to have decided to try to deal with this situation by convincing the American people that schools simply do not have the resources to open back up, that more money is needed to solve the problem. We’ll see if America’s mothers and fathers buy that. But, for now, it doesn’t look like kids will be going back to school anytime soon.