President Joe Biden is clearly in no hurry to get children back to face-to-face learning, or else he couldn’t put up with pressure from teachers’ unions and bowed to their demands. The truth is that despite scientific experts and statistics suggesting the immediate reopening of schools, the Biden administration announced Tuesday, Feb. 9, that the “school reopening goal” is for children to attend school one day a week.
During her press conference on Tuesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki enthusiastically stated that Joe Biden’s school reopening goal is that within the first 100 days of his administration, half of U.S. schools will be open for face-to-face instruction at least “one day a week.”
Science and stats say reopen schools
This contradicts, first, the science and statistics that say that reopening would not lead to an increase in the spread of the CCP Virus due to the low rate of transmissibility and contagion among children, and second, it contradicts his own promises. Biden upon taking office assured that part of his plan to address the virus included “the goal of getting most K-8 schools safely open in 100 days.”
“His goal that he set is to have the majority of schools, so more than 50 percent, open by day 100 of his presidency, and that means some teaching in classrooms, so at least one day a week—hopefully it’s more—and obviously it is as much as is safe in each school and local district,” were Psaki’s words.
White House: Our goal is to have 50 percent of schools open by April 30, 2021 — “at least one day per week” pic.twitter.com/7VNpG9i0Sx
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) February 9, 2021
The Biden administration built its campaign around “following the science” when it comes to the CCP Virus, but it seems to have forgotten its words and promises when it comes to being decisive about getting children back to school.
Numerous studies not only show low infection rates in schools, but even explicitly recommend going back to school to protect the mental health of our children and adolescents.
No scientific arguments for keeping educational institutions closed
Without going any further, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Rochelle Walensky, stated on the last day of January that there are no scientific arguments for keeping educational institutions closed and cited new studies that support this.
“The CDC continues to recommend that K-12 schools should be the last place to close and the first to reopen,” Walensky said.
Walensky went on to say that the data they are working on was collected from operating schools, summer camps, and other venues where children and adolescents participate, ensuring that not only do they have decreased rates of symptoms, but also that transmissibility rates are low.
The latest studies taken into consideration by the CDC are the product of the agency’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). And based on those studies, CDC researchers concluded, “Transmission risk within schools appeared low, suggesting that schools might be able to safely open with appropriate mitigation efforts in place. Current evidence suggests that transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) schools might not significantly contribute to COVID-19 spread nationwide.”
Although there was no further explanation from the White House, it seems that the changes in the Biden administration’s position regarding the reopening of schools may have to do with the pressure exerted by the teachers’ unions, who have strongly supported Biden’s candidacy and, as is well known, are opposed to the return to classes.