Amid a heated national debate surrounding the reopening of schools for in-person instruction this fall, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson made some very controversial comments on Friday, saying schools should reopen despite recognition that the coronavirus will infect students. children because when they catch Covid -19, “they don’t go to hospitals.”
“These kids have to go back to school,” Gov. Parson, a Republican, said in a statement. interview friday with talk radio host Marc Cox. “They run as little risk as possible. “
Parson continued, “And if they catch Covid-19, which they will do – and they will when they go to school – they will not go to hospitals. They won’t have to sit in the doctor’s offices. They will go home and they will get over it.
Schools in the St. Louis area and other districts in Missouri are expected to release their reopening plans on Monday.
Missouri saw a significant spike in coronavirus infections this month, with an average of 854 new confirmed cases per day last week (the state has a total of 35,154 cases and 1,158 deaths).
In the same interview on Friday, Governor Parson said he would likely exercise his powers of grace if prosecutors are laying criminal charges against the St. Louis couple (Mark and Patricia McCloskey) who brandished guns at a group of Black Lives Matters protesters as they walked past their home.
Pastor mentionned the couple “did what they had to do legally,” adding: “A crowd is not allowed to charge your property. They had every right to protect themselves.
State Auditor Nicole Galloway, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, said Parson’s comments on how Covid-19 affects children demonstrates “incredible ignorance”. She noted that “this virus does not stop at our children. Teachers, bus drivers, janitors, food service workers, parents, grandparents and neighbors that our children see every day are also susceptible to this virus. We need a plan that keeps all families in Missouri safe. “
Several major US school districts have already said they won’t reopen anytime soon for in-person instruction. Last week, the Los Angeles Unified School District (the second largest in the United States) and the San Diego Unified School District both announced that they would also be Online only at the start of the academic year. The Texas Education Agency announced Friday that public schools can now charge up to eight weeks online instructions only. Prince George County in Maryland, home to approximately 131,000 students, has announced that it will operate online only during the first and second terms, and will not reopen until February, at the earliest. President Donald Trump, along with Vice President Mike Pence and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, have all said it is essential for schools to fully reopen, with Trump himself. threatens to withhold federal funding districts that do not resume in-person classes.
Large number :
31: Of the more than 139,000 Americans who have died from the coronavirus, children under 15 account for 31 of those deaths, according to the latest CDC data.
“We are concerned about students who are not children – teachers, support staff and volunteers. A lot of these people will have a much more serious response to the virus, and that’s what we want to avoid, ”said Dr Alex Garza, Incident Commander of the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force. “These children could also come home and pass the virus on to other members of their household who could also be at greater risk of a serious outcome.”
Missouri governor’s comments on coronavirus, McCloskeys raise eyebrows (Dispatch Saint-Louis)