US President Donald Trump suggested Friday that the nation’s schools could open “sooner rather than later” — at the same time as many of state governors have cancelled schools for the rest of the academic year.
“I think the schools are going to be open soon, I think lot of governors are already talking about schools being opened. And we do have to take care of our seniors, because we've learned a lot about the disease. We’ve learned a lot about this plague, we have to take care of our seniors. We’re going to take care of a lot of people,” Trump said at Friday’s White House press briefing in response to a question about schools and childcare.
He did not answer the childcare aspect of the question as many parents prepare for the possibility of returning to work.
“But I think that schools will be open sooner rather than later. And I understand and I've spoken — some governors are already talking about, thinking about getting the schools open," Trump said. "I have a young boy who goes to school, I'd like to see him go to school. As good as home is, it’s very nice, but I would like him to go to school.”
In phase one of the administration’s plan to reopen the US, schools and organized youth activities “that are currently closed should remain closed.” States that meet phase two guidelines can reopen schools and organized youth activities.