Fauci Elaborates on School Reopening Plans

Dr. Anthony Fauci appears to be walking back some of the previously published school reopening guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Fauci was interviewed by George Stephanopoulos of ABC’s This Week to discuss what the administration of President Joe Biden plans to do to get schools back up and running. During the interview, Fauci conceded that the proposed COVID-19 stimulus bill needs to pass in order for the schools to receive the funding needed to safely reopen.

Current Stats on Schooling

According to current MCH strategic data, approximately 51% of schools across the nation are now providing hybrid learning, combining traditional in-person learning with a virtual format. This same data point shows that just 23% of districts are offering online-only schooling.

Another data organization says that nearly 65% of all districts are offering some type of in-person schooling.

Both of these data points are above the goal that the Biden team set to open 50% of schools over the first 100 days in office.

New CDC Guidelines

Fauci’s clarification about additional funding comes after the CDC released new guidance regarding when and how to open schools. The new guidelines say that K-12 schools should be the last settings to close during outbreaks and the first to reopen, making education a priority nationwide.

The guidelines to open schools include a variety of common-sense mitigation strategies, including social distancing, putting children into small pods that move together throughout the day to spread out risk, proper handwashing, mask mandates, and deep cleaning strategies. While they appear to be low-cost measures, Fauci said the schools need the funding to make it happen.