The White House vows to “not get in the way of science” because of Donald Trump’s pressure to reopen schools
Kayleigh McEnany claimed on Thursday that President Donald Trump will not “ stand in the way of his science ” from his efforts to reopen schools in the midst of the coroan virus pandemic in the fall.
The White House press secretary at her press conference claimed that science is on the side of reopening schools amid a huge spike in business, saying the US is the ‘outlier’ of Western societies by not moving students back to get in the classroom.
“Science is on our side here,” McEnany told the James S. Brady Briefing Room on Thursday afternoon.
“We encourage municipalities and states to just follow science, open our schools – it’s very harmful to our children,” she continued.
McEnany also protested possible partial measures upon reopening.
“When he says open, he means open and full – children can go to school every day,” she insisted at the President’s insistence. “Science shouldn’t get in the way of this.”
A new poll released Thursday morning shows that 72 percent of kindergarten parents through the twelfth grade are against reopening.
The Yahoo News / YouGov poll also shows that nearly two-thirds of American adults, parents or otherwise, are against Trump putting pressure on schools to resume personal lessons in the fall.
As coronavirus cases continue to increase during a recent spike in infection rates in the United States, the Trump administration has begun lifting schools shutdowns and announced last week that the Centers for Disease Control will soon release new guidelines for reopening.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said on Thursday afternoon that “science should not get in the way” for schools to reopen in the fall – claiming the data is on Donald Trump’s side
The comments come when the Trump administration insists that classes be resumed in person – but 72 percent of parents of high school students say they don’t want classes to resume
A new poll published Thursday shows that only 25 percent of American adults believe Trump should put pressure on schools to reopen, while 63 percent are against the demands
The July 11-14 survey shows that only 25 percent of Americans believe the president should put pressure on schools to reopen, and 12 percent of respondents aren’t sure how they feel.
When the poll is adjusted to look at results based on party participation, only 10 percent of Democrats think Trump should put pressure on schools and 83 percent in the party thinks he shouldn’t.
Republicans have a much smaller split, with 48 percent feeling Trump should exert his influence on the school’s reopening schedule, and 39 percent disagree.
The majority, if not all, of the public schools closed in the spring and switched to full online or remote classes and learning as coronavirus spread across the U.S.
There is now evidence that educational institutions may remain closed until winter as the infection rate continues to increase in several states.
There are now over 3.5 million confirmed cases in the U.S., far more than any other country has reported, and the death toll is above 137,000.
Of the 1,504 American adults surveyed, only 30 percent believe the Trump administration is doing everything it can to reduce and stop the virus’s incessant spread.
Seventy-seven percent of respondents say Washington should prioritize limiting the spread of COVID-19, but another 23 percent say that the focus should be on reopening schools, regardless of the risk to public health that this may pose.
The White House comments and continued pressure from the President to reopen public schools as coronavirus infections continue to rise
As many as 95 percent of Democrats surveyed agree that reopening schools should be put on the back burner to pay more attention to public health.
McEnany revealed on Thursday that while Vice President Mike Pence and CDC director Robert Redfield revealed that there would be new guidelines this week, she is unsure when the documents will be released.
“We would like to see schools open, as is clear,” said McEnany. “We don’t think our children should be locked up at home with devastating consequences if it’s perfectly safe to go to school, as many medical experts emphasize.”
She added, “So the president is eager to see the reopening of school, it’s the only thing that’s fair to the children of America.”
Teachers, school administrators and parents are looking for the CDC guidance, which should come in the form of five documents this week, to get students back into class in the fall.
Redfield also claimed at a news conference at the Department of Education last Wednesday that counseling should not be used as a reason for schools to remain closed.