UPDATED 12:25 PM PT — Friday, July 31, 2020
The head of the CDC has warned of a major health crisis if schools remain closed. On Thursday, Director Robert Redfield stated it is important for schools to reopen, regardless of the pandemic, to prevent further harm to children.
It's important to open our schools because there are a number of negative public health consequences to having K-12 schools closed. I am confident that my grandchildren & all of America’s school-aged children can get back to school safely. https://t.co/ZkWr2m8Nce @GMA #COVID19
— Dr. Robert R. Redfield (@CDCDirector) July 23, 2020
The director noted the low population of those under 18 who contracted the coronavirus early in the pandemic. He also highlighted the everyday importance schools play in the physical and mental health of children.
“The greater risk is actually to the nation to keep these schools closed. You know, a lot of kids get their mental health services, over 7 million, in school. A lot of people get food and nutrition in schools. Schools are really important in terms of mandatory reporting sexual and child abuse.” – Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
He went on to say schools must open safely and smartly. He also touted the recently released reopening guidelines from the CDC as a step in the right direction.
We owe it to our nation’s children to take personal responsibility to do everything we can to lower the levels of COVID-19 so that they can go back to school safely. Wear a face mask, practice social distancing, and wash hands frequently. pic.twitter.com/jNo1Lx5sb2
— Dr. Robert R. Redfield (@CDCDirector) July 28, 2020
President Trump has repeatedly urged schools to safely reopen.