Florida government Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisDeSantis on Florida’s reopening of schools: “If you can make Walmart,” “we absolutely can make schools.” Florida health officials agreed to receive remdesivir of New York before DeSantis rejected the offer. (R) Thursday compared the reopening of public schools in the state to the reopening of retailers like Walmart and Home Depot.
“We spent months saying there were certain things that were essential. That included fast food restaurants. It included Walmart. It included Home Depot,” said DeSantis in Jacksonville, Florida. CNN reported.
“If fast food and Walmart and Home Depot – and, look, I do all of that, so I don’t belittle it – but if all of that is essential, then educating our children is absolutely essential,” he added.
DeSantis, a firm ally of President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeSantis on the reopening of Florida schools: ‘If you can do Walmart’, then ‘we can absolutely do schools’ The NYT editorial board calls for the reopening of schools with the help of the federal government’s ‘checkbook’ Mueller writes WaPo op-ed: Roger Stone ‘remains a convicted felon, and rightly so’ MORE, made the statement after the president said he was going to pressure governors to reopen schools this fall. Florida is one of several states in the country that is currently experiencing a severe COVID-19 outbreak.
On Friday, the state reported 11,433 new cases of coronavirus, its largest increase in one day since last week.
DeSantis said that online learning is “It just isn’t the same” and that she worries that children “miss activities.” He also said he supports parents who chose to continue online education.
“I am sure that if you can do Home Depot, if you can do Walmart, if you can do these things, we absolutely can do schools. I want our children to be able to minimize this educational gap that I think has developed,” he said.
However, the reopening of schools poses obstacles that the reopening of large retailers does not. Children and teachers will be kept indoors for an extended period in rooms smaller than those in retail or supermarket stores.
Reopening for many school districts is also a budget problem, as school systems need to purchase safety equipment to reopen buildings safely under public health guidelines.
The Association of School Superintendents estimated that the necessary protective measures in schools would cost an average of approximately $ 1.8 million per school district.
Randi Weingarten, president of the prominent union of the American Federation of Teachers, told Steve Clemons of The Hill on Wednesday that to reopen schools safely, the federal government needs to allocate additional emergency funds.