President Donald Trump has pushed back at states considering keeping schools closed in the fall, describing such a move as “political” and saying it goes against the will of parents and students.
During White House discussions on Tuesday on how to safely reopen America’s schools, Trump insisted that everyone was in favor of plans to send children back to school in September, despite the alarming rise in the number of new coronavirus cases across the US. “We want to reopen the schools,” Trump said. “Everybody wants it. The moms want it, the dads want it, the kids want it. It’s time to do it.”
Trump touted a declining number of coronavirus deaths, higher rates of testing, and a resurgence of new jobs as indications that US schools should reopen. Still, experts have warned that the novel coronavirus’ death rate is likely to rise again as the number of new cases continues to rise. And while young people are less likely to get seriously ill or die from the disease caused by the new coronavirus, infections appear to be spreading quickly through younger generations.