Trump: States should ‘maybe get going’ on reopening schools

States should “maybe get going” on reopening schools this spring, President Trump said during a Monday conference call with governors.

ABC News received a recording from the call. Here’s a snippet.

“Some of you might start thinking about school openings. Because a lot of people are wanting to have the school openings. It’s not a big subject, young children have done very well in this disaster that we’ve all gone through. So a lot of people are thinking about the school openings.”

But for some Idaho schools — and for many schools across the country — the question is moot.

Idaho school administrators are split on the idea of reopening this spring, something that could become an option in the next few days.

Gov. Brad Little has scheduled a Thursday morning news conference. If he lifts a stay-at-home order that has been in place since March 25, some Idaho schools could reopen in May. For now, Idaho classrooms remain off-limits, as Little’s stay-at-home order and the State Board of Education’s statewide “soft closure” remain in effect.

Schools are closed in 43 states and the District of Columbia, according to Education Week.


Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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