Fight over going back to school

A debate is raging over the safety of opening schools and child care centers as dozens of states see a rise in COVID-19 cases.
2:26 | 07/11/20

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Eva, over to you. Dozens of states are seeing a rise in cases. The debate is raging about if it's safe to open schools and child care centers. Zohreen shah is in Los Angeles where teachers are trying to make their voices heard. Good morning to you, zohreen. Reporter: Good morning, Eva. They have the second largest school district in the country, well over half a million kids. Their education, the economy, possibly on the line. The big question, is it worth the risk. It's the debate raging through school districts across the country. Should schools open this fall? This is a time of great uncertainty and anxiety among parents, teachers and students with respect to safely re-opening schools. Reporter: In Arizona, currently the global epicenter for the coronavirus, one teacher says, not now, not here. Jenna Martinez taught side by side with two teachers. All got sick but one teacher lost her life. She was 100% on board with whatever needed to be done. She had ordered face shields, masks. Reporter: In neighboring California the teachers union in Los Angeles is demanding all schools stay closed. There is not enough time for the district to put together the detailed, rigorous plans that must be in place to physically re-open our site. The funny part is going to go on your nose, okay? Reporter: Meanwhile in the northern part reachers at ucsf teaching kids how to do their own tests in hopes schools could use a similar system in the future. But the fear isn't just about schools. Nearly 1800 cove cases breaking out in child care operations over a 75% increase in less than a month despite health risks, president trump is pushing hard on opening schools. This is one of the reasons that we're working to safely and responsibly re-open our country, re-open our schools, get our country going again 100%. Reporter: You heard the president talk about the economy. There are some parents who cannot afford a baby-sitter. That means they can't make an income. But at the same time they don't want their kids coming to school and getting sick but right now it doesn't appear there is a good solution for that. Dan. Massively consequential for the economy and the mental health across the country. Zohreen, thank you very much.

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