Schools in the United States are under pressure to open up personal learning, given the authorization of a vaccine for children ages 12 to 15 and new federal guidance that people who are vaccinated do not have to wear face masks inside or outside.
Education Minister Miguel Cardona reiterated in an interview with The Hill that he expects all schools to fully reopen in the autumn and that the vaccine and mask counseling updates this week are likely to adjust how schools for plan the next school year.
‘I am hopeful that with another month under control and the continued reduced transmission speed, the fears that some may have about the fall will disappear, and that we can return to school all day for all children every day. , ‘Said Cardona.
The education department has not yet issued new guidelines to schools at this stage, but on Saturday the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommended the continued use of masks and social distance in schools.
The authorization of Pfizer-BioNTech was granted to most high school students after the administration said it had achieved a majority of K-8 schools completely reopened on Biden’s 100th day in office. Cardona said the government should be higher than the original goal and give high school students the same chance to return.
More officials have taken part in calls to reopen for the coming school year in recent days, including Biden’s chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci, who said on Thursday that the school should be ‘full steam ahead’ by autumn, as reported by Hill .
Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) – the second largest teachers’ union in the US – announced her support on Thursday, as well as a five million dollar campaign to get teachers to meet with parents about return strategies and safety measures.
She told The Hill that vaccines had become the ‘real game changer’ in trying to get children back into schools, and said it had increased in recent weeks amid a downturn in cases and emerging data on the efficacy of the vaccines.
“As a result, we felt it was time to be unequivocal and unequivocal to reopen schools full-time, and to have the means to recover and to re-imagine,” she said.
Most parents over the past few weeks have voiced their children to go back to school. A Heart Research study found that nearly three in four parents supported a fully personalized school year starting in the fall, putting schools under extra pressure.
The pandemic and the related closures of schools have driven millions of women out of the workforce, as many have had to quit their jobs to look after their children as schools operate remotely, as reported by The Hill.