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Many thanks ⁦@Christi_Paul⁩ ⁦@VictorBlackwell⁩ for hosting me ⁦⁦@NewDay⁩ discussing why I don’t feel we can safely open schools in many states in South, Midwest where virus is accelerating. Teaches, staff will get sick. I have an “October 1 Plan” to fix this
1/3: The point is: Yesterday @CDCDirector pointed out all the public health reasons why we need kids back in schools, not only the educational benefits, but also food security, mental health counseling, @AmerAcadPeds agrees. And as a pediatric-scientist I agree as well, but....
2/3: If you try to open schools in areas of high virus transmission or school districts where virus transmission is accelerating, it is inevitable that teachers, staff, bus drivers will contract #COVID19. Once that happens, things will fall apart rapidly.
3/3: I feel we're setting up teachers, principals to fail. It's unfair, unjust, and fails to protect teachers, our greatest national treasure. So first we need to contain this virus through a national plan, and then my Oct 1 plan says we can open schools…
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