Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the guidelines for opening schools would not be revised, but would provide additional documentation.
“Our guidelines are our guidelines, but we’re going to provide additional documentation to help communities that are trying to open K-through-12s,” Redfield told Good Morning America on Thursday. “It simply came to our notice then. it’s just to provide extra information to help schools use the guidance we suggest. “
Responding to comments that the instructions are too difficult or impractical, Redfield said it depends on how the instructions are written.
“Right now, we’re continuing to work with local jurisdictions on how they want to get the guidance portfolio we’ve given them to put into practice to reopen their schools,” he said.
Redfield described the guidelines as “deliberately over-the-counter” and said the range of guidelines provided was to provide schools with a choice of what would work best for them.
Redfield said the CDC would work with any local jurisdiction on how best to use the guidelines to reopen their schools in the safest way and that they would “personally feel sorry” if people used their instructions and concerns. as a reason they remain closed.
“It’s a crucial public health initiative right now to reopen these schools and do it safely,” Redfield said.
During a press conference a few hours later, Vice President Mike Pence said the CDC would issue a new guideline for opening schools next week. Both he and the CDC director said that the organization’s recommendations should not be seen as an obstacle to the return of children to classrooms.