May 21, 2020 - Health

Rep. Jahana Hayes: CDC's guidance for reopening schools is "unrealistic"

Jim Vandehai and Rep. Jahana Hayes. Photo: Axios

Rep. Jahana Hayes (D-Conn.), during an Axios event Thursday, called the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidance for reopening schools "so completely unrealistic".

The big picture: The CDC released guidance this week on reopening nonessential businesses, including schools, and advises administrators to consult with local health departments to gradually scale-up operations for schools safely.

The guidance suggests staff and students receive temperature checks daily and to disinfect classrooms and buses daily when in-person learning returns.

  • Staff should also wear face coverings.

What she's saying: "Anyone who’s ever been in a classroom knows this list will not work. Education and teaching is about relationships. It is about making kids feel confident and helping them to take a step out of when they’re really not sure what they’re doing."

Why it matters: The guidance from CDC comes as many schools begin to plan how to tackle the next school year in the fall.

  • However, most states and cities have already reopened most of their non-essential businesses in some capacity without adopting the Centers' roadmap.

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What we're hearing: Aides say he hasn’t ruled out its use at some point, but that he's “pleased” with the way protests were handled last night (apart from in New York City, as he indicated on Twitter today) — and that for now he's satisfied with leaving the crackdown to states through local law enforcement and the National Guard.

Updates: George Floyd protests continue for 8th day

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Protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued Tuesday across the U.S. for the eighth consecutive day, prompting a federal response from the National Guard, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection.

The latest: The National Park Service said in a statement Tuesday that while it "is committed to the peaceful expression of First Amendment rights," it "cannot tolerate violence to citizens or officers or damage to our nation’s resources that we are entrusted to protect."

American carnage

Protesters race up a hill to avoid tear gas in Philadelphia, June 1. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

The list of victims has swiftly grown since George Floyd died in police custody just eight days ago.

The big picture: Protests against police brutality have turned into a showcase of police brutality, with tear gas and rubber bullets deployed against crowds. The police have the arsenals at their disposal, but we're also seeing law enforcement officers becoming targets.