Our country has got to get back, and it’s got to get back as soon as possible. And I don’t consider our country coming back if the schools are closedPresident Trump said from the White House on July 7.

At an event at the White House, President Trump, accompanied by the first lady and a team of professionals from different areas, expressed his special interest in the resumption of educational activities in the fall. He and his team believe conditions are ripe for schools and colleges to reopen, and students and staff to resume their activities on a regular and safe basis. 

The president brought together health and education leaders from around the country to the White House, who assured him from their various perspectives that institutions are ready to open this fall and can do so safely. While recognizing that this is a complex situation that requires appropriate precautions, it was stressed that the risks of keeping students home outweigh any risks related to the CCP Virus (coronavirus). 

“We want to reopen the schools,” President Trump said. “Everybody wants it. The moms want it, dads want it, the kids want it. It’s time to do it.”

Among those who joined President Trump Tuesday was Sally Goza, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, who issued guidelines suggesting that schools aim to begin the academic year “physically present in the school. Keeping students at home can lead to social isolation, the academy said, and prevent schools from identifying learning deficits, abuse, depression, and other problems.

The mental and emotional health of both students and their parents was one of the most repeated arguments for affirming the willingness to reopen schools. 

Children’s mental health and social development must be as much of a priority as physical health,” First Lady Melania Trump said at the roundtable. “The same is true for parents.  Many will be forced to make stressful choices between caring for their children and going back to work.”

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar added that the CCP Virus death rate in the United States was among the lowest, if not the lowest, in the developed world right now.” “We have the tools where we can reopen our workplace, we can reopen our schools, and we can reopen health care.  We’ve got the tools,” Azar added. “We are in a very different place now than we were two or three months ago.”

At the White House event, President Trump repeated his statement that Democrats want to keep schools closed for political reasons, not health reasons. He made the same statement on Twitter the day before when he said, “Corrupt Joe Biden and the Democrats don’t want to open schools in the Fall for political reasons, not for health reasons! They think it will help them in November. Wrong, the people get it!” 

President Trump said his administration would “put a lot of pressure” on the governors to reopen their states’ schools in the fall and that he did not want the governors to keep them closed for political reasons. He also applauded the initiative of Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who recently announced plans to reopen schools in that state beginning in August.

Most states have yet to make a decision on whether and how to reopen schools in the fall, but the Trump administration has already announced its commitment and determination to help with the reopening.