President Trump on Tuesday declared his government aims to force state governors and educators to reopen schools. Reopen schools in the fall, notwithstanding increased rates of infection over the country.
The country’s most prominent education unions warn against school reopen in the amid of coronavirus. Teachers unions and parents in the UK are urging the Government not to rush into reopening schools in the summer term.
“We want to reopen the schools,” Trump stated. “Everybody wants it. The moms wish to it, and the dads wish to it, the kids want it. It’s time to do it.”
The nation’s largest teachers’ union, the National Education Association, has maintained that the Trump government lacks a reliable plan to reopen schools and is not concerned enough about the health of the nation’s teachers. A bright, compact plan was not presented at Tuesday’s White House summit.
The President of the nation’s largest education union said Trump is more interested in scoring points for the November election than in keeping students safe.
Experts decisions about whether to reopen school systems should be made at the local level in most states. However, they emphasize that schools across the nation will need further federal funding to retrofit classrooms and common areas to provide social distancing.
Open in August
Florida is currently one of the nation’s hotspots, with 43 hospital intensive care units (ICU) in 21 Florida provinces having hit capacity and showing zero beds available as of Tuesday morning. Another 32 hospitals show ICU bed availability of 10% or less. However, Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran issued an emergency order Monday mandating that all schools in the state open in August.
“All school boards and charter school governing boards must open brick and mortar schools in August at least five days per week for all students,” the statement declares. Several colleges and universities are yet considering the pros and cons of having students respond to campus this fall.
Harvard University stated Monday that all classes would be held online. Trump warned that he was prepared for Democratic rivals keeping schools closed for political purposes.
As the rate of coronavirus cases has increased to record levels in the past week, parents and educators have become increasingly apprehensive about whether there is any way to make school safe for both students and teachers.