President Donald Trump said Wednesday the federal government is sending 125 million reusable face masks to school districts across the United States as schools consider whether it is safe to reopen this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic.
"We need to open our schools and open our stores," Trump said during a White House press conference on the coronavirus, adding that all school districts should make plans to resume personal education for students as soon as possible. "
"To help reopen American schools, we've given elementary and secondary schools worth $ 13 billion to fund the CARES Act and the CARES Act," he told reporters. "We will provide up to 125 million reusable masks for various school districts across the country."
Trump also announced new recommendations for reopening schools, including ensuring that all students, teachers and staff understand the symptoms of the virus and encourage frequent hand washing.
Whether and how schools in the USA can reopen in the fall has become an important question in recent weeks. The U.S. has the world's worst outbreak with more than 5 million cases and at least 165,328 deaths on Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University. Researchers say the role children play in spreading the disease is still unclear.
Trump has been pushing for schools to reopen as fall approaches, regardless of the state of the outbreak in the US. Last month he said that closing schools "also causes death".
"The lower your age, the lower the risk," Trump said on July 30 at a press conference in the White House. "We have to remember that there is another side to this. If you keep them out of school and keep work closed, it also causes death. Economic damage, but it causes death for various reasons, but death. Probably." more death. "
Earlier in the day, Trump suggested that school funding should be allocated to parents or other school districts if some state or local officials decide not to reopen schools.
Last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that all school districts across the state had been allowed to reopen for the fall semester, including New York City, the largest school district in the country.
Cuomo said Monday that he will allow the resumption of personal education because school district planning does not allow students to be "surrounded by hundreds of people like you would in a museum".
In a museum or mall, "you walk past a permanent group of new people," he said. Schools will "take protective measures, they are in an isolated place [and] under controlled circumstances".
Cuomo urges school districts to provide the New York State Department of Health with details of remote learning, testing, and contact tracing prior to reopening. Schools must also set up at least three classes with parents to go through their plans. However, larger school districts require five sessions for parents, he said.