(WFSB) – President Donald Trump took to social media going at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for reopening schools.
Trump also had a warning for schools that choose not to reopening.
He called the CDC’s recommendations “very tough” and “expensive.” Some of those guidelines encourage hygiene, wearing face masks, and staying home when people feel sick.
Trump also threatened that he “may cut off funding” to schools that do not reopen. The bulk of public-school funding comes from state and local governments.
“It’s time to be open. It’s time to stay open and we will put out the fires as they come up, but we have to open our schools. It’s so important to open our schools,” Trump said.
Channel 3 spoke to Governor Ned Lamont about Trump’s tweet criticizing the CDC on their recommended guidelines.
“We don’t have to be ordered to open our schools. The CDC metrics we have months of infections, lower infection rates, so I think we can open up safely, but the idea is the president ordering people in Miami, Houston, Phoenix, you got to open. At the same time, you have 30 to 40 percent infection rate in those communities. I think he was right when he said leave it up to the local governors,” Lamont said.
Trump's comments are also not sitting with the one of the teacher's unions in CT.
"Unfortunately, we have a president and a secretary of Education that just aren't that supportive of public schools," said Jeff Leake, Connecticut Education Association.
Connecticut plans to reopen schools in the fall, but under strict guidelines. Staff, students, and teachers have to wear face masks, even on the school bus. They will also be utilizing social distancing in classrooms.