Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said on Sunday on a Fox News show that He plans to reopen schools to face-to-face classes this fall, and insisted that this can be done safely. despite concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.
“Parents hope that this fall their children will have a full-time learning experience, and we have to deliver on that promise,” said DeVos, emphasizing that “children cannot afford not to continue learning.”
“It is not a question of whether this will happen or not, but a question of how,” he added.
On the other hand, on CNN’s State of the Union program, DeVos declined to say whether schools should follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at its reopening and insisted that those guidelines should be “flexible”.
CDC’s guidelines for schools to reopen contain steps such as placing tables six feet away and having children wear face masks. The CDC also suggests closing common areas such as dining rooms and playgrounds and installing physical barriers to protect from sneezing if necessary.
Asked if she could guarantee parents that their children would be safe on their return to school, the secretary replied: “There is nothing in the data to suggest that returning to school will be dangerous for children.”
The secretary accepted that there may be exceptions in areas that are hot spots for the spread of the virus, which would have to be treated “differently.”