Dr. Anthony Fauci, the infectious disease expert, warned Thursday that President Joe Biden’s plan to reopen most schools within 100 days “may not happen” as the country continues to fight Covid-19 transmission.
As stated by a Washington Examiner report, Fauci expressed his consideration about Biden´s plan Thursday at a town hall hosted by the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association.
“The president is taking very seriously the issue, both from the students’ standpoint and from the teachers’ standpoint, [Biden] believes that the [K-8] schools need to reopen in the next 100 days. … That’s the goal. That may not happen, because there may be mitigating circumstances, but what he really wants to do is everything within his power to help get to that.”
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Fauci said that normalcy will not be achieved until conditions in schools change in a significant way. “We’re not going to get back to normal until we get children back into school, both for the good of the children, for the good of the parents, and for the good of the community.”
“We want to make sure we do that by giving the teachers and the teams associated with teachers the resources that they need to do that. The idea of, ‘Go do it on your own’, that doesn’t work,” he added.
Biden is pushing Congress to approve another $170 billion for K-12 schools, colleges and universities to help these institutions operate safely in person or facilitate remote learning. In December, Congress approved $82 billion in aid for schools, which Biden has considered it as a “down payment.”