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Reprinted with permission from Alternet
The once non-partisan, science-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released new, updated guidance on re-opening schools. The title: "The Importance of Reopening America's Schools this Fall."
It includes statements that very closely echo what President Donald Trump and White House aides have said about re-opening schools. For example:
Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters
Surgeon General Jerome Adams implored the American public to wear cloth masks to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 on Monday, saying that "this whole administration is now supportive of masks" because they are "one of the most effective ways to open our country." But wearing them "relies on the individual people of America doing the right thing," he told the hosts of Fox & Friends. "That's why I'm pleading with your viewers, I'm begging you, please understand that we are not trying to take away your freedoms when we say 'wear a face covering.'"
Fox News was the correct venue for Adams' appeal. Mounting evidence shows that mask use is a vitally important tool to curtail the spread of the pandemic that has caused more than 140,000 U.S. recorded deaths. But major Fox figures helped politicize face coverings, turning their usage into a culture war issue, and continue to blatantly misrepresent scientific findings to dispute their effectiveness.
The Trump administration has demanded schools reopen for in-person instruction despite the pandemic, but won't say if second lady Karen Pence will be among those returning to the classroom next month.
Immanuel Christian School is "planning to return to full time instruction on campus in August," according to its website. The school confirmed its plan to reopen during a brief phone call on Wednesday.
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