Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN’s Jim Sciutto Tuesday that his advice for schools coming out of the holidays is that children should be in school wherever possible, but the safety of them and their teachers must be the primary thing.
“You can’t have one size fits all,” Fauci said. “But the bottom line, what I call default position, should be that we should, wherever we are, try as best as we can to get the children back to school and to keep them in school and to have a plan to try and keep them as safe as possible.”
He said that looking at the data, as it’s evolved over the last several months, transmission in the context of a school is “considerably lower than what we had though, so it may be that the children are more safe in school than we would have thought they are.”
Fauci said that the primary thing has to be “the safety and the health and the welfare of the children and the teachers.”
He said that hopefully as teachers get vaccinated as essential personnel, “and we ultimately get to the people who are taking care of the children,” there will be less of a burden of transmission within the context of the school, he said.
“But, again, we’ve got to try as best as possible to keep the children at school,” he said. “But, don’t be so rigid as to say every single thing must be done this way, we have to have flexibility.”