Coronavirus cases in the United States passed three million. With schools in many places being closed since March, Americans are asking when they will be able to send their kids back to school.

Current US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC guidelines for schools would include back-up staffing plans, modified seating, physical barriers, closed community spaces, and staggered scheduling to help stop the spread.

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President Trump lashed out at the (CDC) and said their requirements for opening schools were “very tough” and expensive.” He said the schools were asked to do “very impractical things” and threatened to cut their funding. Vice President Pence later said that the CDC would be issuing new guidance for schools next week. “We’re absolutely determined to work in partnership with our states to give the guidance for states and communities to be able to safely reopen our schools,” Pence said.

“Remember it’s guidance, it’s not requirements, and its purpose is to facilitate the reopening and keeping open the schools in this country,” CDC Director Robert Redfield said.

Health experts are concerned with the administration’s plans given the current climate. Former CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden said on July 8, “We can’t just charge forward. That’s not going to work, because of what happened in Arizona, Texas, Florida and elsewhere: one step forward too fast, many steps backward, and for a long time. Trying to open schools without accounting for and protecting students and staff from Covid is going to backfire.”

Read more about protecting yourself from coronavirus. Check the CDC website for more information on how to protect yourself and check our latest article to learn how COVID-19 differs from the flu.

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