To the editor:

President Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos now insist that all schools reopen in the fall, without any plan, regardless of the risks to children, teachers, staff and community. The President is ignoring current CDC guidance that fully reopening schools remains the highest risk for spreading the virus.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, recently stated “The President has said unmistakably that he wants schools to open. And when he says open, he means open in full, kids being able to attend each and every day at their schools. The science should not stand in the way of this.” She added that it was “perfectly safe” to fully reopen all classrooms and that “science is on our side.” Clearly, that is not true. CDC Director Robert Redfield is being blocked from appearing before Congress to talk about guidance for reopening schools.

The President has mistakenly tied reopening schools to his objective of bringing back the economy in time for the November election, ignoring the fact that it is not achievable. Governors and school district leaders around the country are doing otherwise, in spite of the President’s threat to withhold federal funding to schools if they don’t. Federal spending for education provides only 8 per cent of education funding used to fund programs and services for students with disabilities, school nutrition, and Head Start to promote school readiness of children under 5 from low-income families.

American parents cannot be bullied into sending children back to school until it is safe.

Stephanie Sussman

Claverack

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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