Given the approval of vaccination for youngsters aged 12 to 15 and in the recent instructions vaccinated people do not need to wear face masks. Schools in the United States are under pressure to open in-person learning.
In an interview with The Hill, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona stated that he expects all schools to completely reopen in the autumn and that the vaccine and mask guidelines revisions issued this week will likely affect how schools plan for the coming school year.
Cardona said, “I’m hopeful that with another month under our belt and continued lowered transmission rates, whatever fears some may have about fall are going to dissipate, and we’re going to be able to return to school every day, all day for all children.”
At this time, the Education Department has not provided any new recommendations to schools, although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggested that masks and social separation be continued in schools on Saturday.
The Pfizer-BioNTech authorization was issued for most high school-aged pupils after the administration claimed that by Biden’s 100th day in office, the majority of K-8 schools had reopened fully. Cardona believes the administration should “reach higher” than the original target and allow high school students to return as well.
In recent days, more officials have joined the calls to reopen for the new school year, including Biden’s main medical adviser Anthony Fauci, who told the Hill on Thursday that school should be open “full blast” by the autumn.
The president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the country’s second-largest teachers union, declared her support on Thursday, along with a USD 5 million campaign to persuade instructors to speak with parents about return plans and safety precautions.
She told The Hill that immunizations have been a “true game-changer” in the push to get kids back in school, adding that it has accelerated in recent weeks due to a drop in cases and new statistics on vaccination effectiveness.
In recent weeks, the majority of parents have expressed support for their children returning to school, with a Hart Research research revealing that nearly three-quarters of parents support a fully in-person school year beginning in the autumn, putting more pressure on schools.
According to The Hill, the pandemic and subsequent school cancellations have driven millions of women out of the economy, as many had to leave their jobs to care for their children when schools functioned remotely.