Transcript for Battle to reopen schools heats up as coronavirus cases surge
In the meantime, we have our "Gma" cover story. We have the battle over schools re-opening as cases of the coronavirus grow. President trump is pressuring governors to re-open schools but many experts, parents and teachers are concerned most parts of the country are just not ready. Stephanie Ramos joins us now with more on this. Good morning, Stephanie. Reporter: Robin, good morning. Here in New Jersey, governor Phil Murphy says schools will re-open in some capacity in the fall. Each district expected to develop their own plan. Will it include making kids and teachers wear Marvs if they can't practice social distancing? Maybe. They're still working it out but president trump is still you wering schools to re-open even calling those who may want some to stay closed he's accusing them of playing politics. This morning, all eyes on Dr. Anthony Fauci and the question of whether schools should re-open this fall. Fauci saying if infection rates are low enough they should open by following safety measures. You have to follow the guidelines depending upon the level and penetrance of infection in the community. Reporter: It's ultimately up to states and local jurisdictions to decide when and how to re-open schools. In New York, where covid-19 infections have slowed, governor Andrew Cuomo says there's been no decision made yet. We're not going to say, children should go back to school until we know it's safe. Reporter: In Florida where there were more than 7,000 new covid indicates just yesterday, the state issuing an emergency order requiring all schools to open in August, at least five days per week for all students. Wendy seff doesn't agree with the decision. She's enrolling her three kids in online school for the fall. For me that's not acceptable because if you are actually saying, okay, let's go back and then let's see who gets covid, is it going to be one child? Will it be 100 children? Is it going to be thousands of children because all of Florida is opening up. Reporter: Adam Roth is a teacher in M.J. He says he's eager to get back into the classroom but students' safety comes first. We are certainly teaching and we are guiding them doing it virtually but we know we can have that much greater of an impact on our student population if we are with them but in a safe environment. Reporter: After hearing the president's push to re-open school, six groups that represent parents and teachers, they released a statement saying to safely re-open schools, health experts should be relied on to figure out the when and that parents and teachers should be central in figuring out the how. They say not the president. George. Crucial discussion. Stephanie, thanks very much.
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