Wednesday, July 08, 2020


Presumably because the plutocrats have told the president and his aides that they want their workers' kids out of the house so the workers can risk their own lives back in the office, the president is demanding full school reopenings in the fall.
"We're very much going to put pressure on governors and everybody else to open the schools," Trump said during a roundtable discussion Tuesday afternoon at the White House.

"Get open in the fall. We want your schools open," Trump said.

The president spoke alongside first lady Melania Trump, administration officials and teachers as part of planned programming from the White House to push for the reopening of schools....

On Monday, Trump tweeted, "SCHOOLS MUST OPEN IN THE FALL!!!"
And that's an order.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday told the country's governors in a conference call that she expects schools to be "fully operational" come the fall, regardless of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Ultimately, it’s not a matter of if schools need to open, it’s a matter of how," DeVos told governors, The Associated Press reports. "School[s] must reopen, they must be fully operational. And how that happens is best left to education and community leaders."

... Some districts have proposed a hybrid between traditional in-person learning and virtual learning, suggesting that students only physically go to school a few times a week.

DeVos disavowed these ideas, specifically calling out the Fairfax County Public Schools in Northern Virginia, which has proposed such a plan and asked the parents to decide which one they want for their child.

“A choice of two days per week in the classroom is not a choice at all,” DeVos said, according to the AP.
Trump insists that this is a wildly popular idea.

According to a survey released late last month, it isn't.
A majority of American voters now say they’re concerned about sending kids back to elementary and high schools this fall, according to the latest POLITICO/Morning Consult poll....

Overall, a combined 54 percent of American voters said they are somewhat uncomfortable or very uncomfortable with reopening K-12 schools for the beginning of the coming school year. Fifty-eight percent of voters said they’re uncomfortable with reopening day care centers, according to the online survey of close to 2,000 registered voters.

Forty-eight percent of voters said they were very or somewhat uncomfortable with reopening colleges and universities, while 43 percent said they were comfortable with the idea.
Here's my question: Will Barron Trump attend school in person in the fall?

We'd need to put fainting couch manufacturers on a war footing if anyone were to ask that question of the president, the First Lady, or the press secretary, but when the Trumps are insisting that other people's children (and teachers and school staff) should be placed at risk, we deserve to know whether they're putting their own child at risk.

Barron attends St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland. According to its website, St. Andrew's has not yet decided whether it will allow in-person learning in the fall.
Depending on local health conditions and the evolving guidelines set for schools by local and federal government agencies, St. Andrew’s will be prepared to conduct school in any of the following scenarios, and to shift among them readily as needed, during the 2020-2021 school year:

1. On campus, with careful observance of health and social distancing safety requirements. This is our preferred scenario for 2020-21, and we are working hard to make it possible.

2. Virtually, further improving on the robust distance learning programs delivered this spring. We will utilize this model if health concerns require us to close the campus for any part of the coming school year.

3. A blended model, which will synchronously combine in-person and virtual learning. This scenario will support students or teachers who can not attend school in person due to health concerns or other reasons. We are upgrading classroom technology campus-wide to make this possible.

To make sure St. Andrew’s will be ready to deliver a safe, exceptional learning environment next year, in April I established five faculty/staff planning task forces. These task forces have already made great progress and will continue to meet during the summer to prepare for September.
If "everybody wants" schools fully reopened in the fall, then Barron should attend in-person classes five days a week. If his school won't commit to that, the Trumps should send him somewhere that will.


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