President Trump to outline national plan on reopening schools

WNYT Staff
Updated: July 07, 2020 03:02 PM
Created: July 07, 2020 08:02 AM

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will discuss how to reopen schools safely on Tuesday.

Many schools and parents have been grappling with the issue.


The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending that children go to school to keep them from falling behind.

The exact details of President Trump’s discussion are not known. Officials have been struggling with how to balance advancing education while protecting children’s health.

Studies show that children are less likely to get the coronavirus or fall seriously ill, but the potential long-term impacts are unknown.

There is concern from parents and teachers in places where cases are surging, and scientists are warning now that the coronavirus could potentially be airborne.

However, health experts believe there are options to send children back to school.

“Modifying the schedules, separation of desks, and wearing masks under certain circumstances,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said.

“Masks may need to be worn indoors, even when social distancing. Public places may require better ventilation,” Dr. John Torres.

Any changes that schools decide to make could be costly, so the Senate’s top Republican has said he wants to include school funding in the next coronavirus relief bill. It is unclear if President Trump will speak about potential funding Tuesday.

In New York, Gov. Cuomo and state officials have not decided if schools will reopen in the fall. Currently, the state is having schools submit possible reopening plans.

In Massachusetts, state officials have released a plan to reopen schools.

NewsChannel 13 will have details on what President Trump had to say starting on our later newscasts. 

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