Coronavirus

The Trump Regime Knows Opening Schools is a Bad Idea

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Trump and most elected Republicans are calling on schools to reopen for full, in-person classes as soon as next month. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos appeared on news networks over the weekend where she revealed they have no real plan for ensuring the safety of students or their teachers.

That doesn't mean they aren't aware of how big a mistake reopening schools could be.

Internal documents from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say reopening schools for in-person classes would be the "highest risk" of creating new outbreaks.

The 69-page document, obtained by The New York Times and marked “For Internal Use Only,” was intended for federal public health response teams to have as they are deployed to hot spots around the country. But it appears to have circulated the same week that Vice President Mike Pence announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would release new guidelines, saying that the administration did not want them to be “too tough.” It is unclear whether Mr. Trump saw the document, nor is it clear how much of it will survive once new guidance is completed. [...]

And its suggestions for mitigating the risk of school reopenings would be expensive and difficult for many districts, like broad testing of students and faculty and contact tracing to find people exposed to an infected student or teacher.

The CDC documents say the "lowest risk" would be to open schools virtually with online classes, which seems obvious.

The White House has not embraced widescale testing and tracing for anyone else in the country (except those physically close to Trump himself) so I think we can say with some authority that they aren't going to give a shit about testing and tracing outbreaks at public schools especially those attended by low income or minority children. State and local authorities will be left to fend for themselves on limited budgets that have already been strip-mined by years of austerity.

Public or private school systems in wealthy neighborhoods will likely fare the best in the coming months regardless of what they decide to do. I'm certain we won't be able to say the same for many systems.

You know, I hope I'm wrong, but we've already seen what the push to reopen the economy too soon has resulted in. Reopening schools could lead to more of the same or worse.

  • muselet

    Rs aren’t content just to kill Granny. They want kids and their teachers dead, too, because nothing says “booming economy” like piles of corpses.

    These people are monsters.

    –alopecia

  • Draxiar

    If schools are open it means that the consumer market can open. At least that the ghoulish logic behind this in my opinion. They are sacrificing kids for the optics of a good economy and by extension hopes for winning the election.

    • Nefercat

      If schools can open, parents can go to work. If parents can go to work, there is no need for unemployment compensation if they “choose” not to go to work. If they go to work and catch the virtus due to unsafe working conditions, ha, no medical coverage for them. They must have caught it from their little kids who brought it home from school. After all, didn’t the CDC say that’s what would happen? Gee, those families should have taken the virus seriously and practiced better hygiene. Now they are harming their employer by their unproductivity and willfully harming the economy just to hurt poor, poor trump.

      The end.

      • Draxiar

        It’s a mobius strip of cruelty.