Trump says US schools should reopen in the fall amid pandemic

FILE PHOTO: United States President Donald Trump speaks to attendees as he performs “2020 Salute to America” ​​on July 4 to celebrate the United States Independence Day holiday at the White House in Washington, United States, July 4, 2020. REUTERS / Carlos Barria / File Foto

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said Monday that US schools should open in the fall, a decision over which he has limited power, as governors struggle with a nationwide surge in coronavirus infections and states reverse and stop attempts to reopen.

Schools are largely under the jurisdiction of state and local governments. Educators have struggled with decisions about opening schools considering the risk of infection for both students and faculty.

“SCHOOLS MUST OPEN ON THE FALL!” Trump wrote in a Twitter post.

It was not immediately clear which schools Trump was referring to (elementary and middle schools or colleges and universities) or what actions Trump was considering.

Colleges and universities have announced a series of plans for the fall semester, including changing calendars and taking some online courses. Harvard University announced Monday that all of its courses would be conducted online for the next academic year.

Trump also made a series of Twitter posts defending his administration’s response to the pandemic. The United States has the highest number of cases and deaths worldwide from the new coronavirus.

Report by Makini Brice; Doina Chiacu and Will Dunham edition

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