Groups representing US doctors and teachers have slammed President Trump for his push to reopen schools amid pandemic, with the US COVID-19 caseloads touching and crossing 3 million.
The news comes as President Donald Trump on Wednesday lodged an open threat to cut federal funding for schools that do not reopen by November. Mr. Trump, who is a Republican has alleged that Democrats of using politics to back their decision to keep schools shut, according to media reports.
“Public health agencies must make recommendations based on evidence, not politics,” a group of the school superintendent, two national teacher’s union, and the American Academy of Pediatrics slammed Donald Trump’s push to reopen schools amid a pandemic, Reuters reports.
The National Education Association, AAP, the American Federation of Teachers and the School Superintendents Association wrote in a joint statement that it should be up to the health experts to decide “when the time is best to open up school buildings,” and that “educators and administrators must shape the decision. The joint statement was also echoed by two medical societies – the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the HIV Medicine Association.
The opposition for the nation’s top school and medical officials comes shortly after President Trump was sued by the Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology after his administration announced it will not issue visas to foreign students for institutions that have decided to go fully online.
“The order came down without notice—its cruelty surpassed only by its recklessness. It appears that it was designed purposefully to place pressure on colleges and universities to open their on-campus classrooms for in-person instruction this fall, without regard to concerns for the health and safety of students, instructors, and others,” Harvard University President Larry Bacow said, CNN reported.
Coronavirus cases in the US have topped 3.1 million on Saturday, according to The News York Times tally. 133,901 people have lost their lives in the US, from the novel virus that is now ravaging the world.
In the last 14 days, states like Ohio, Arizona, Texas, Florida, California among others have noted new daily rising cases. While New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont, in recent days have seen a decrease in new cases.