Schools should bring students back to class, but local leaders will need to watch local infection rates, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday.
“Let’s try and get them open to the extent that we can, but let’s take a look at the dynamics of the infection in the area that you’re in,” said Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infections Diseases and member of the White House coronavirus task force.
“We should try as best as possible to keep the children in school for the reasons that the unintended downstream ripple effect consequences of keeping the kids out of school and the impact on working families, and on other aspects of society can be profound,” Fauci said during a Georgetown University Global Health Initiative webinar. “However, that’s going to vary from where you are in the country and what the dynamics of the outbreak are in your particular region.”
The safety of the children and the welfare of the teachers are paramount, Fauci said. He added that local leaders need to make decisions based on safety.