[WATCH] CDC Refuses To Revise Coronavirus Guidelines For Reopening Schools
The US CDC Director, Robert Redfield announced that his organization will not be revising guidelines for schools reopening, although, he did say new documents will be added. Dr. Redfield appeared on Good Morning America to explain the decision. He said, “Our guidelines are our guidelines, but we are going to provide additional reference documents to aid basically communities that are trying to open K-through-12s. It’s not a revision of the guidelines; it’s just to provide additional information to help schools be able to use the guidance we put forward.”
Redfield explained to those who think the guidelines too strict or impossible to follow how they are put together counts for a lot. He added, “Right now, we’re continuing to work with the local jurisdictions to how they want to take the portfolio of guidance that we’ve given to make them practical for their schools to reopen.” He explained that the guidelines are “intentionally non-prescriptive,” and said that there is so much in the guidelines so schools can pick what works for them.
Redfield also explained that the CDC will team up with local jurisdiction on which guidelines are best to use and how to implement them. He said it would “personally sadden” him if the guidelines being too strict is used as a reason to keep schools closed. “It’s a critical public health initiative right now to get these schools reopened and to do it safely,” Redfield explained.
Later on the same day, Vice President Mike Pence announced that new guidelines would be revealed by the CDC sometime next week.