NEW YORK – U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer is stressing the need to reopen schools safely this fall.
Last week, the senator announced his plan to put nearly $180 billion into schools to limit the spread of COVID-19 and level the playing field when it comes to distance learning.
While speaking downstate on Sunday, Schumer stressed the need to listen to scientists and come up with a nationwide reopening plan.
He says it is vital to keep agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to fight COVID-19.
“We are going to do everything we can to make sure that the CDC is fully funded in the stimulus package,” said Schumer. “The administration is talking about, the Republican McConnell is talking about cutting it. That would be cutting your nose to spite your face. we need the CDC to help us fight COVID.”
The State Education Department recently released guidelines for school districts to reopen. Students must wear masks when they’re within six feet of each other.
Their faces also have to be covered when they’re in the hallways, restrooms, and on the bus.
The state also wants schools to limit the number of visitors on school grounds.