Missouri’s governor had some harsh words for students returning to schools that are re-opening for in-class instruction.
“Missouri Governor Mike Parson, a Republican, downplayed the risk for children who may contract the coronavirus from classrooms during school reopenings, insisting ‘they’re going to get over it.’
‘These kids have got to get back to school,’ Parson said in an interview Friday with radio host Marc Cox on KFTK. ‘They’re at the lowest risk possible. And if they do get COVID-19, which they will — and they will when they go to school — they’re not going to the hospitals. They’re not going to have to sit in doctor’s offices. They’re going to go home and they’re going to get over it.’
‘We gotta move on,’ he continued. ‘We can’t just let this thing stop us in our tracks.’
His comments come during a nationwide debate over school reopenings as the pandemic continues to rage across the United States.
Some experts have expressed concerns about returning to classrooms because of the risk students could carry the virus home to older relatives. Education professionals have also expressed worry they may be in harm’s way.
State Auditor Nicole Galloway, the state’s Democratic candidate for governor, said Parson’s comments on coronvirus and children displayed “stunning ignorance.”
She also stated the virus ‘doesn’t stop with our children. The teachers, bus drivers, janitors, food service workers, parents, grandparents and neighbors who our children see every day are susceptible to this virus, too. We need a plan that keeps all Missouri families safe.'”
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