While August in the United States sees the start of back-to-school preparations with enthusiasm in most cases, this time the CCP (Communist Party of China) Virus causes concern, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said children can safely return to the classroom.
The CDC has implemented guidelines to ensure the safety of students, teachers, and staff working in educational institutions.
In addition, the education system makes a significant contribution to the social, emotional, and behavioral health of students, who also benefit from academic achievement, the National Review noted on Aug. 12.
Parents can return to their jobs with peace of mind, which also means an economic boost for the country. The Trump administration has addressed all of these issues.
“The best available evidence indicates that if children are infected, they are much less likely to suffer serious symptoms. Mortality rates among school-aged children are much lower than among adults,” the CDC website states.
It also warns that when children do not attend school they often suffer significant damage with visible short- and long-term effects.
The American Pediatric Association warned that staying out of school too long makes it “difficult for schools to identify and address significant learning deficits, as well as physical or sexual abuse of children and adolescents, substance use, depression, and suicidal ideation,” according to the National Review.
Among the CDC’s recommendations is the use of cloth face coverings to reduce the spread of the CCP Virus.
It continues with “social distancing, hand washing, and regular cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched surfaces in schools and on buses,” the CDC said.
They also specify strategies for different age and situation groups of students.
Throughout this process of safe return to schools, the performance of teachers, coaches, and support staff is critical, as recognized by U.S. President Donald Trump, who expressed his respect for teachers.
“Very few people I respect more than a great teacher,” President Trump said in a White House address, adding that they are very talented people but not adequately recognized. He added part of that speech to one of his tweets.
— Team Trump (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@TeamTrump) August 12, 2020
The Trump administration also noted that 65 percent of parents were concerned that their children would fall behind academically if they did not return to the traditional education system.
“More than 65 percent of U.S. parents are very concerned about their children’s delay if they don’t go back to school,” the White House tweeted.
Adding in the same message, “We are focused on finding solutions that will help every district safely reopen, as soon as possible.”
Over 65 percent of America's parents are very concerned about their children falling behind if they don't return to school.
We are focused on finding solutions that will help every district reopen safely, as soon as possible. pic.twitter.com/pOIGi1tMJF
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 12, 2020