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​CDC DIRECTOR SAYS SCHOOL IS THE SAFEST PLACE FOR CHILDREN

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield argued Thursday that K-12 schools are not a source of new outbreaks and should remain open for in-person classes. 

“It’s small family gatherings where people become more comfortable, they remove their face mask.  But it’s not inter-school transmission,” Redfield said at the White House Thursday.  “The truth is, for kids K through 12, one of the safest places they can be, is to remain in school.”

Thursday’s briefing with the coronavirus task force was the first one in months, and President Trump was not in attendance. 

“Clearly, the data strongly supports that K through 12 schools, as well as institutes of higher learning, really are not where we’re having our challenges, and it would be counterproductive, from a public health point of view” to close them, Redfield said.

School districts across the country have chosen to shut down for in-person classes in recent weeks, including Boston and Philadelphia.   New York City, the largest school district in the United States, shut down in-person classes on Thursday after the city’s weekly average hit the 3% positive test rate threshold.

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