On Wednesday, July 8, Vice President Mike Pence announced the Centers for Disease Control would issue new guidelines next week for schools reopenings in the fall.
“We don’t want the guidance from CDC to be a reason why schools don’t open,” said Vice President Pence.
Pence’s announcement comes just after the President wrote on twitter that the new CDC guidelines for schools is very “tough” and “expensive”.
“I disagree with @CDCgov on their very tough & expensive guidelines for opening schools. While they want them open, they are asking schools to do very impractical things. I will be meeting with them,” President Trump wrote in a tweet on July 8th.
Parents say it is difficult to know whether it will be safe enough for children to return to school in fall due to the ever-changing climate of the pandemic.
During the meeting, Vice President Pence said they would be work with education officials, governors and health officials to figure out a proper procedure to reopen schools, but they do want schools to get back in session.
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“I think every American — every American knows that we can safely reopen our schools and we want, as the president said this morning, to make sure that what we’re doing doesn’t stand in the way of that,” added Pence.
Local educators’ union expresses concern
The Wisconsin Education Association Council Region 7, says interference in the guidelines issued by the CDC would be a major concern for educators. Area teachers would like to get back to work, but safely.
“Our educators believe that we should do whatever it takes to make sure this is done safely so that nobody gets hurt, that means that Congress needs to allocate enough resources to do that and the decisions should not be political but should be based on sound science,” said Ted Kraig, Region 7 Director for the Wisconsin Education Association Council.
Tony Staniak who has a child returning to Germantown High School next fall, says students always get more out of learning at school rather than online.
“The structure of the classroom really helps as compared to a more open setup when they’re working from home when assignments are due,” said Staniak.
At this point, Kraig says many schools have no set plans to reopen in the fall.
“I can’t think of any districts that have said here’s finally absolutely what we’re doing, it’s all very much up in the air,” added Kraig.
“They’re still investigating, you know, what they’re all going to do, they ask for patience from the parent community while they’re figuring it out,” said Staniak.