US President Donald Trump is calling for schools to reopen in the fall and is holding events on this topic at the White House on Tuesday, despite a steady increase in the number of cases of coronavirus infection across the country.
On Monday, Trump tweeted: “Schools should open in the fall!”
Speaking at a White House event on Tuesday dedicated to the safe opening of American schools, Trump said he would put pressure on state governors to open schools in the fall.
The President said that some politicians want to keep schools closed for political reasons. Trump said that he would “in no way” allow this to happen: “We will put very strong pressure on the governors and everyone else to open schools,” the President was quoted as saying by Reuters.
Meanwhile, the authorities of many regions, against the background of a new surge in infections, are curtailing previously announced plans to return to a healthy life.
On Tuesday, Trump is holding a discussion at the White House on the topic of opening schools, and Vice President Mike Pence will talk about it with the governors, an administration official said.
“It is essential that our schools open,” the source said. – There are many different strategies that schools can use to minimize the risk and resume operations in a completely safe environment.”
State and municipal authorities responsible for school education are trying to find a balance between the need for education and the risk of spreading the disease in the run-up to the new school year.
The growing number of infections, especially among young people, raises concerns that children will spread the disease to adults at home and school, and older people are considered more vulnerable.
Colleges and universities are also
considering how to organize the fall semester. Some plan to change their schedules or switch to online training.
On Monday, the Trump administration said that international students should leave the country if their universities entirely switch to online classes. This may lead to a reduction in the income of educational institutions.