US hopes to keep schools open despite rising COVID-19 cases

The Secretary of Education of the United States, Miguel Cardona, says that vaccination allows to keep schools open.

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The Secretary of Education of the United States, Miguel Cardona, assured this Sunday that the objective is to keep the schools open for students to attend in person, although he acknowledged that there may be some problems at the beginning of the year due to the increase in COVID-19 cases.

“We have been very clear: our expectation is that schools are open full time for students to come in person. We remember the impact of last year’s school closings, “Cardona said in an interview on Fox television.

However, Cardona acknowledged that there may be problems “especially this week” when students plan to return to classes after Christmas break.

Specifically, he indicated that the latest data indicates that between 5% and 10% of school employees have reported that they will not be able to go to educational centers because they are infected on Monday.

Cardona insisted on the effectiveness of vaccines, available in the country for those over 5 years of age, noting that where “vaccination rates” are high, there are fewer disruptions “in schools.

Several U.S. school districts have, in fact, delayed back-to-school days by a few days. so that all students and teachers take a test before going back to school.

The United States is experiencing a record of COVID-19 infections with the arrival of the Omicron variant, with about 400,000 a day in the last week.

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