President Trump, First Lady discuss vision for reopening schools
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump participate in a national dialogue on safely reopening America's schools.
very importantly, where at the White House and there's no place like the White House. And for those of you that this is the first time I know, I know exactly what you're thinking because I was here first time. It was still something I never forget. So it's great to have you and our first lady and I pleased to welcome everybody to this wonderful place and discuss the vital importance of safety and reopening America's schools. We want to reopen the schools. Uh, everybody wanted the moms wanted the dads wanted. The kids want it. It's time to do it. You know, our mortality rate is right now at a level that people don't talk about, but its down 10 fold 10 fold. So, uh, you look at the deaths are way down from this horrible Join a virus, and it's a disgrace that it happened shouldn't have happened. But it did, and the economy is coming back, and it's coming back strongly. Jobs are, uh, setting records for two months ago, they set the record and then again, almost five million new jobs last month, which is a record, and it broke our last record of a month before, so the numbers are happening much faster than anybody anticipated. The stock market NASDAQ just had another record today, and the markets generally just really a very small amount below where they were at the height of of the market when we first had to do this about 4.5 5 months ago. And it's incredible what's happened when you look at education. My administration has approved $13 billion for state and local education. We've approved over $6 billion to support colleges and another $6 billion in emergency grants to students. Very importantly, we wave standardized testing requirements, deferred federal student loan and interest payments. So, uh, you take a look at the student loan program. We've waved student loan and interest payments, and that is something that people haven't been hearing about and nobody talks about it. But it's a big deal. We pioneered new treatments that air dramatically, improving the health outcomes. Vaccines are doing very well. Therapeutics are doing very well. The therapeutic research has been incredible, and I think you're gonna have a lot of big things happening long before the end of the year of both vaccines and Therapeutics, Uh, therapeutics, that I guess a little bit of a word we can use for on the way to a cure. But they make you better. I mean, to me, the therapeutic is even more important than the vaccine at this point, because people will get better. But the numbers are the testing numbers are the highest they've ever been. We're almost up to 40 million in testing and 40 million people, which is unheard of far more than any other country, many times what any other country is. And therefore we have more cases because we're doing more testing. We have more cases. If we did, half the testing would have far fewer cases, but people don't view it that way. What? What they have to view, though, is if you look at the chart and maybe Mike has it, but we looked at it before. If you look at the chart of deaths, death so way down. So what we want to do is we want to get our schools open. We want to get him open quickly, beautifully in the fall. And the as you know, this is a disease, it's a horrible disease. But young people do extraordinarily well. I was with the governor of New Jersey. We were talking and he said out of and he mentioned a number, which is a very high number, but it's Ah, it's a number Nevertheless, thousands of people there was only one person that died that was under 18 years old in the state of New Jersey. And that was somebody I guess had a problem with, perhaps diabetes or something else but one person out of thousands of people. One person died who was under 18 years old. So that's a pretty amazing stat when you think of it. But I'd like Teoh now just give the mike to Our first lady's going to say a few words. And then we're going to go with Mike and Karen Pence and then we'll go around the room a little bit safe. You weren't Kelly and you did a great job this morning. Thank you. Really great. Eso if I might First lady, please. Thank you. Good afternoon, everyone. The first pillar off my be best initiative is Children. While being and taking care of Children, social, emotional and physical health has never beam or important than during the covert 19 pandemic. The administration has worked around the clock to protect Americans from the Corona virus. But many challenges for Children and families can be just as invisible as the virus and just as dangerous. When Children out of school, they're missing more than just time in the classroom. They're missing the laughter of their friends, learning from the teachers and the joy of recess and play for Children with disabilities without access to technology or whose homes are not a safe place, the situation can be even worse As the start of the school year gets closer, I encourage parents, teachers and school to teach Children about the importance off CDC guidelines and to implement them when appropriate. Children's mental health and social development must be as much of a priority as physical health. The same is true for parents. Many will be forced to makes stressful choices between caring for their Children and going back to work. And we must address those needs as well as their own mental health and well being. As we continue to come together as Americans to tackle these challenges, I'm honor that you could all be here today to offer your thoughts. I look forward to working with you to make sure that Americans, Children and families can be healthy and thriving. Thank you very much. Thank you, Governor. Thank you. See you sitting. You have your doing. Thank you very much for being here. Appreciate. And thank you, Melanie, Very much. We just heard Mike was telling me that Governor Santa's dissenters a terrific job just announced that the schools will be open in the fall. And we hope that most schools they're gonna be open. We don't want people to make political statements or do it for political reasons. They think it's gonna be good for them politically. So they keep the schools close. No way. So we're very much going to put pressure on governors and everybody else toe open the schools to get him open. And it's very important. It's very important for our country. It's very important for the well being of the student and the parents. So we're gonna be putting a lot of pressure on open your schools in the fall. Mike, please. Well, thank you, Mr President, and thank you for your leadership. I have seen it day in and day out. since you asked me to leave the White House Corona virus Task Force on today is just one more installment in your commitment. Um, Teoh, make sure that our states and our families have all the resource is they need to meet this moment are health care workers are provided for, but also understanding that we've got to reopen America, reopen America safely. But we convene all of these great leaders from around the country today, Mr President, because you know that to open up America again, we need to open up our schools again on I want to thank all those gathered here for their efforts as well. I know I speak on behalf of my wife, Karen, when I also want express our profound gratitude to the first lady through out this pandemic her regard for families, for Children, for the the emotional impact that this has had on every American. It is so admirable. And I'd like to invite everyone to show your appreciation for our first lady. And the way Mr President, since the, uh the moment that we asked the American people to step up to take efforts to slow the spread and we in in that 15 days that would become 45 days, we encouraged. We encourage people to refrain from from attending school if possible, to engage in school from home whenever it was possible. There were two categories of heroes that emerged. No one was the parents around America who stepped up Aziz never before and those that are looking on. Those that are represented here should know. Your president, the first family, your vice president, our second family are grateful for the families of this country and everything you've done to be the teachers for your Children to create the structure at home where they could continue to learn even in a challenging time. I also want to say how grateful we are to the teachers, Mr President, and I'm actually sitting next to one who have been married to for 35 years. As you know, she actually teaches in a local school in the Washington area a few days a week, and I watched her go in and pack up crates of art materials. The Children could come by and pick up and take home to continue their learning. And so I'd like to invite everybody to show your appreciation for the parents and all the great teachers who have done the work of continuing to educate our Children throughout this panel. Theo and Miss president at the American people deserve to know that why we are seeing rising cases across the sun belt at your direction. We're ensuring that states have the resource is the support the supplies and personnel that are actually arriving as we speak in states like Texas and Florida and elsewhere to relieve healthcare workers. And, uh, and to your point, I I hope the American people appreciate the point that you made yesterday on the national stage and did so again today that because of what are health care workers have done because the innovation and the medicines that we've been able to make available literally we have seen fatalities declined by 90% from some of the worst moments of this pandemic, and we're gonna continue work each and every day to continue to keep those losses low and steady. We're going to save lives as we reopened our country today, Mr. President, As you know, we spoke to the nation's governor on the topic of this summit and we reflected on the fact a zoo now 47 governors and the governors of two territories have announced plans to reopen schools across America that that it's important to do so for a variety of reasons. The first lady just spoke of this is we ought to well be concerned about Children falling behind academically, and there's no substitute for in classroom learning for in personal learning. And that's been much discussed at the summit today. But as the American Academy of Pediatrics so well represented here today recently reflected, there are There are social costs, emotional costs and even physical costs to our Children across this country that we spoke of the governor's today. It's it's important that we reopened our schools as you've directed for the academic and the intellectual development of our Children. But it's also vitally important that we remember Aziz. Doctor McCann's Katz told the governors today that seven million American Children suffer from either mental illness or emotional disturbance, and they principally received the care from health and mental services at their school. And so making sure that we were, we're meeting the mental and emotional needs of our Children as well as making advances academically is is what brings us here today. The last thing I'll say All those gathered here, Mr President, is from early on you have directed our task force in the CDC to equip families and schools and states with the resource is toe operate. It was early as March 12th that CDC issued its first guidance for strategies for school and child care services. We issued Decision Trees in the middle of May and just last week, pleased to report, the CDC published new guidance for K 12 schools and higher education regarding the type of testing that is appropriate and other strategies. Mr. President, we can bring our schools back next week. The CDC is gonna issue five new documents. How to prepare communities to return safely, decision making tools for parents and caregivers, symptoms screening, cloth face coverings in school settings, guidance and the rest were gonna continue to flow. These resource is in this guidance, but as Dr Redfield, I told all the nation's governors today, and I want to acknowledge Governor Parsons leadership in his presence here today we're truly grateful is that that what you have instructed our task force to do in the CDC to do in this moment is to, say, two states around the country, in the local communities. We're here to help. The CDC has issued guidance, but that guidance has meant to supplement and not replace state, local territorial or tribal guidance. In a word, this president, you've made it clear to us we don't want to be the reason any school doesn't really. And so our word to the parents that are looking on two teachers that are looking on administrators, leaders in your community is that way are ready to work with the leaders in your school system and in your state to find a safe and responsible way to reopen your schools. That's our commitment, this president. We're continuing to move out on that on the on the belief that open up America again, we got open up. America's schools on the American people are taking important steps every day, including this summit today to do just that. And I'm truly grateful for all those represented here for being a part of this important work. With that, I'd be happy to recognize Mrs Spence for a few comments. Thank you, Mr President. Thank you. Like, um Melania. I had the privilege of addressing this group earlier today kind of opening up your summit. But I do want to say thank you to all the teachers I know at my school. Everybody quickly learned how to do online teaching. It wasn't something that our teachers across America were familiar with, and I just applaud them. They have worked so hard. Um, and the parents really are the unsung heroes. They really had to quickly get up to speed. And it was not easy to do. Um, but, you know, our kids air struggling, and they need their friends, and they need their teachers, and they need their routines. This decision to open up the school's greatly impacts our Children. It impacts them academically. It impacts them socially, and it impacts them emotionally. So I applaud what you're doing here today, Mr President, because our kids, for their mental health and their academic health, they need to be back in school. So thank you. Well, thank you very much. Care. And I appreciate it. And I see Dr Redfield over in the audience, and I appreciate it. And I know you'd like to see everybody coming back and getting back to school in the fall. And I've read everything you've written. And I appreciate that very much, Doctor. Thank you very much. Appreciate it, Governor, please, that we Maybe we'll go around the room real quickly, will go quickly, and we'll get everybody to say a few words and we'll start with Governor. Thank you, Mr President. As you said, when you come here, I'm just honored and humbled to be here sitting with you. Vice President, first lady in the second lady dreams you think about someday never imagine imagine being reality. But here we are, and so is so. It's an honor to be here today. Um, let me let me first start off by just saying thanks to the president, Vice President for what they've done over the last well, since they've been in office, to say the least. But over the last 17 18 weeks, they've been on the phone every week. President itself has been, and I don't mean for five minutes to say hello, governors. And so you later in depth conversation with governors across this say the vice president has been there for almost 17 18 weeks. I know that I've been following with, um, and the one thing they've been stressed everyday in those phone calls every week. They're trying to do the best thing for this country and for the everyday people out there. And they were trying to make their full support to the governors across this thing. And I just want to thank you for doing that. Thank you for leading as what good leaders do in times of crisis. And I just want to thank you for that. When when the president said he was no, put little pressure on governors. Topman, he schools up. I will tell you this on a few phone calls I've had with him. He can put a little pressure on your feet. A. If he decides to do that, I will say that on that. So sometimes we all need a little, pushed it to get things going. Uh, what what the first lady said when she talked about the kids was so important to me as a grand parent, a father, I said, turn, I think of all the kids that need to be in school, there's the ones that have the privilege of going every day. That's almost common. We go to school for most of school kids, but a lot of school kids. It's a safety blanket. It's a way to get nutrition. It's a way to get counseling. It's a way for somebody to help them when they cry out for help. And that's also why getting schools back open is so important. And then if you want to take that one step further, it's about making sure people are gonna be qualified for the workforce of tomorrow. This virus cannot shut our country down our states down. We have to deal with it as we would anything else that we've dealt with in this country. We have to move forward. Uh, an economy and life goes on, and education is part of who we are, and kids need to get back in school. Parents need to get more involved in their schools and be back involved in schools. As I heard speakers today speak, it's part of his part of who we are, how we build a future, and I think that's so important. I also want think the second lady for giving me a little inspiration on a couple of key bills we signed in Missouri. I'm gonna give you a little credit today. We did full reciprocity in the state of Missouri yesterday. Signed that bill and full military reciprocity. And the second lady kind of give me a little inspiration for that. And also, my daughter is a school teacher to do that most the time We have a father daughter relationship except when it comes to teaching. And she becomes a senior adviser to the governor when we talk about those issues on that. But again, I just want to thank the President for his support for our state. People appreciate it, Mr President. I want you know that for the first lady and for where we're headed in this country because we've went to hard times before will continue to get through hard times and we'll be better off for it will be stronger. Never. So thank you. And you won't be changing the name ST Louis will. You know we will not be. Thank you. Thank you very much. Very important. Thank you very much. Good afternoon, Mr President. I'm delighted to join you, The first lady, the Vice President in the second lady here today to talk about why it's important for Children to be in school. My name is Dr Sally Go Za. I'm a pediatrician from Georgia, and I'm president of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Children get much more than an education at school. Being away from peers, teachers and school services has lasting effects for Children, although this will not be easy. Pediatrician's strongly advocate that we start with the goal of having students physically present and school this fall. Of course, returning to school must be done safely. We must take measures to keep students, teachers and staff safe with flexibility to adapt as needed to the communities. Prevalence of Kobe 19 The evidence we have so far indicates that Children are less likely to have symptoms or severe disease resulting from Corona virus. Children are less likely to become infected, and they're less likely to spread infection. We know, however, that missing school can have serious consequences for child health and well being, particularly for students with disabilities or with special health care needs. Students are in school learn more than reading, writing and arithmetic. They also learned social and emotional skills, get healthy meals and exercise and mental health support schools help identify and address learning deficits, physical abuse, substance use, depression and suicidal ideation. These are all critical reasons to get Children back to school. Reopening schools in a way that maximizes safety, learning and the well being of Children world clearly require new investments in our schools. We urge you to ensure that schools received the resource is necessary so that funding does not stand in the way of keeping our Children safe or present at school. Thank you, Mr President. We look forward to working with you and all the people around this room. Thank you very much, please. Thank you. Mr President Penney, Swim from the great state of Tennessee. Appreciate the invitation on behalf of our superintendents Are District's our families, our teachers and our public officials opening up Tennessee. We know that reopening schools reopens our economy. We've got great examples of where superintendents have come together and thought through scheduling to make sure that parents can get back to work for companies who support multiple regions, we've done an incredible job with resource is 20 plus tool kits. We've opened up free professional development for teachers and principals for free statewide and online tools. and I'd also like to just think the first lady for her support on child well being. We had a wonderful conversation a couple of weeks ago under the task force that these statewide covering the entire state and making sure that all of our Children received a high quality public education as well as being served in terms of nutrition, transportation, etcetera. And I'll just on by saying is the proud daughter of a police officer and a teacher. I was raised with safety and high quality education being to fundamentals in my home. It's a great honor to be able to reinforce that with the schools in Tennessee today. Thank you, sir. Thank you, Alex. Well, thank you, Mr President. Really, Thanks to the historic response that the President has led to this unprecedented pandemic we have the tools where we can reopen our workplace. We can reopen our schools and recon, reopen healthcare. We've got the tools. When we think about kids and schools. The school for our Children is a center of so much of their life. It is where they get health care. It is where they get mental health care. It is where they can many of them get nutrition? It is. It is where mandatory reporting of child abuse and sexual abuse happens, most often because of the nature of mandatory reporting requirements. In addition to the social, physical, intellectual development that the kids need from a physical setting in schools. We're a very different place now than we were two or three months ago. We have the world's most robust testing system, with close to 40 million tests having been done. We have health system capacity and personal protective equipment to enable us toe work through these. These outbreaks that we've got were advancing on therapeutics is the president said, that we now have rendez severe for hospitalized patients, steroids for lung illness. We have convalescent plasma to treat individuals. And just this morning, the president made a major half $1,000,000,000 investment in a monoclonal antibody. That will be a treatment that could, if if approved, if if successful and if approved, could deliver hundreds of thousands of doses as early as late summer. Early fall we have three vaccine candidates and just this morning invested $1.6 billion in 1/4 vaccine candidate that could deliver hundreds of millions of doses this fall and into early next year, so it's just a very different circumstance than we ever had before. We know more about this virus. The fatality rate is going down because we're better at taking care of patients with with the virus or fatality. Case rate in the United States is among the lowest, if not the lowest, in the in the developed world right now. And we can reopen our schools safely with what we know. And it's really simple practices of common sense. It's social distancing its wearing face coverings. When you're in a setting that you can't social distance and it's practicing good personal hygiene. The tools are there to bring our kids back safely to protect our teachers and our staff. And it's time to do it now. Thank you, Alex. Good luck. With all of the therapeutic centre, you're getting very close. Very close. That would be incredible. What are your chances early like in September? Eso Regeneron, which is the one that we funded it almost half a $1,000,000,000 this morning. They are one of the most advanced. We have several very advanced monoclonal antibody products. This basically takes that convalescent plasma that recovered patients would donate and bio engineers that ineffectively unlimited supply that weaken dio. And so it's a cocktail of multiple antibodies to give your immune system and immediate defense, and we're studying at both. Both were preventing disease as well as stopping the progression of the disease. So it's really very excited just working. It's basically it's out of the A B. C's of what we're doing, and it seems to be working. We've got to have tests right now that say it does work well, you got the initial trial trial work that Regeneron did, and that's why we're investing in the late stage development of it. But then we have these other three therapies that, thanks to your leadership, we now we have so many more tools than we had three months ago in terms of therapeutic. So we don't want anyone to get sick. But we have much better ways to take care of individuals now than we did three months ago. That's exciting. Very exciting. All right, we'll hold you to it. September, you to duck you to Doctor, please. Thank you. Good afternoon, Mr President and Patrick Daly, the principal of ST Vincent Paul High School in Petaluma, California here in Sonoma County. I just want to tell you what an honor this is to be here this afternoon. I want to thank you like the first lady, Vice President, Pence, and second lady for your leadership of our country. Really? During a very difficult time for the first lady's love and protection of Children. Very, um, very important to me and being a father of four kids, 33 daughters and a son, it is very important we plan in opening April 10. That is our focus. I think that we have put a plan together. That is a working document with all the safety precautions and policies in place to ensure that save insta Paul opens falling all the guidelines that are recommended. I think that, as you stated earlier, this should never be political. And I think that at times it has become very political and many school systems throughout the United States, and I think probably particularly California, um, so we're very excited about the possibilities of the fall, and we have three plans won't be the reopening, which we plan August 10th than a hybrid plan, which is two days on, one day off, two days back in. And then, as a mentioned earlier, God forbid, if we had to go back to the distance learning, I just don't think it's beneficial to boys and girls. 14 18 years of age and particularly I really feel, for the parents of elementary school Children who are trying to work and provide for the families and at the same time having to stay at home and teach. It's It's very difficult to hear that a lot from our our own elementary school. But I can't thank you enough for your leadership of our country. And thank you for this honor. Well, good luck with your plan and getting them open, and hopefully you could do five days instead of the two and back and forth. I know you want to be able to do that, so you'll try. Thank you very much. Great job looking, good looking person. This is huh? There we go. Hello, Mr President. I'm a student at ST Vincent, the high school. Menendez. Cameron Von and I personally just want to thank you for both inviting me and helping toe reopen schools coming on behalf of the students, it really means a lot. Just toe be able to get back out. And it means a lot to our emotional health and our mental health just to be out there with our friends, cause a lot of us don't have that opportunity and it helps reopen our schedules. So we have something to look forward to. Me. I'm a person of schedule was run by a schedule, make a schedule for myself. So I just want to thank you very much for getting us back to that great job. Really great. Thank you very much. We'll get you back. Okay. We'll get you back soon. Thank you. Kellyanne, please. Mr. President. Mrs. Trump. Mr. Vice President. Mrs Pens. Thank you very much. I listen to Cameron Von and then reminded why we're here. Why we're here in this room today on this very important topic. But why we're here in this administration, I believe the hallmark of the Trump Pence administration has been the success and looking out for an expanding opportunity, safety and well but well being for the for gotten child and the for gotten child took on a new meaning during this global pandemic. Between the first and third weeks of March of this year, just about 100% of our schoolchildren across this country of all ages were taken out of their schools and stuck at home. We saw a few things happen, many of which have been spoken about today, but I'll add one more. The digital divide was laid bare in that so many of our school students could not access basic digital assets to allow them to confidently and competently complete their schoolwork and toe learning to thrive. The schools are essential nervous system because our students are the heart and soul of our nation. And so today your message is Mr President, Mr Vice President, that all Children matter and our mission is to make sure that all Children can safely and securely re enter their places of learning very soon. This has also impacted our economy, and I have a soft spot for single moms having been raised by one. There are single moms have been disproportionately impacted through their job security, their wage earning, and most of them are not in jobs that they for which they can telecommute. So we're creating pandemics within this pandemic. The good news is that our Children are at low risk for transmission, even as they are at high risk for maladies visible and invisible. The great news is that we safely went, as we say for the reopen our schools. We are in keeping with so much of your agenda, Mr President, Mr Vice President, Mrs Trump and Mrs Pence, which is to preserve and expand educational opportunities to respect that didn t of all students. But to respond to the individual needs of all of those students by expanding school choice and charters and educational freedom an opportunity scholarships, allowing them to have more options as they go through their lives, beginning with the quality and solid education the president has said If we as a nation can win two world wars, dig out the Panama Canal, put a man on the moon we certainly ought to be able to deliver a quality education to each child. And that begins with reopening our schools and making good on that promise to each and every one of them. Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you very much. Hi, Mr President. I'm Jenny Beth Martin with tea party. Patriots. Thank you. And thank you, Mrs Trump and Mr Vice President and Mrs Pence for having me here today. Um, while I am with tea party Patriots, I'm also a mom, and my Children are sitting right over there. So thank you for having having us here today on Mr President. You are right. And I hope you will trust your instincts. America is not meant to be shut down, and we have to reopen schools this fall. I've been in touch with almost 1000 doctors from around the country. I helped Dr Simone Gold spearhead a letter to you signed by 800 physicians insurgents who talked about the side effects of the lockdowns. I've done a second letter with over 150 doctors, 240 nurses, 330 educators, 70 national groups and thousands of parents and concerned Americans who want to see schools reopened. Yeah, open reopening schools is going to stabilize our society. I think it's the number one most important thing we can do to stabilize our society from top to bottom. Whether it is in a local community, just reestablishing calendars which churches, nonprofit groups traffic patterns. People who don't have Children need care about the calendar for for schools, kindergarteners and elementary school students simply cannot learn looking at a zoomed screen. If they could, we wouldn't need schools in the first place. We could just pop him in front of the television. The last place in the world a middle school student needs to be is online, unsupervised by adults. They bully each other when, there in front of teachers, you can't even imagine what's going on with social media. Right now, Young young adults and high school students are losing hope and optimism for the future. And in February they had so much. And now we look. We turn on the television and we can see the destruction that that lack of hope and optimism is causing. Employers have to rebuild their companies. They need employees at 110% to be able to do that. We did everything we could to flatten this curve, and we have to roll up our sleeves now and rebuild our companies. But we can't do that. When employees are dividing their time between taking care of their Children indefinitely for who knows how long and trying to get their job done. I have one employee who has five Children. His wife is a dental hygienist. I'm granting him as much grace is like possibly can, which is easy to do. He's a wonderful employees, but I can't even imagine what it would be like to have five Children and all of a sudden have to homeschool them all. Um, and it's not even home schooling. It's helping them with digital learning. Homeschool parents have asked that we're careful about not conflating the two for me. I'm a single mom now. In 7 2008 and nine, I went through financial crisis. My then husband's business failed. We lost her house. We lost our cars. We lost everything. I cleaned houses to help make ends meet. I've done everything possible to rebuild. I know what those families who are now unemployed are facing, trying to divide their time between taking care of their Children, not knowing if their Children are going to be educated and figuring out what they're going to do with their life is the hardest. It's incredibly difficult, and for people who think, oh, we can just work at home or were essential urine and central employ essential employees. It sends the wrong message. Every single person in this country is essential were the United States of America. Every one of us is essential. Every one of us is important, and we not every single family can afford a computer so that their Children can be online at the same time. Or WiFi as Kellyanne was just talking about to be able to do Zoom all at the same time. So families are suffering in the education is suffering as well. And as a single mom. This situation is ripping me in two. You cannot be in two places at once, physically or mentally, and I'm doing the very best I can to take care of my Children. Their father, when they're living with their father, he does a great job taking care of them. But when they're with me, I'm doing everything I can to take care of them, helped them prepare for their senior year of high school, make up prom, dealing with whatever else we have to deal with from the shutdowns and run a company and work. And it's impossible. It's impossible to do what we need to do so. The schools must be reopened. It will stabilize our country. I cannot thank you enough for doing this today in sending this message and the doctors who have been working with, they want to do anything they can to help calm the fear that is permeating our country. They understand We have to have a healthy respect for the virus. And we have to be able to live our lives and the they and I will do anything we can to help you with that. Thank you very much. Job. Looks like you're doing a good job. Is your mother doing a good job? She good, right? You said the right thing. Okay. Great job. Thank you very much. Mr. President. First lady, Mr. Vice President, second lady On behalf of the great state of Tennessee and Governor Bill Lee, I want to thank you for all of the help in resource is and support that you and your administration have provided us. You guys have been accessible. You've been responsible. And that means the world to us in the States when we're trying to do our jobs. I'm Dr Lisa Piercy. I'm the commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Health. I'm also a pediatrician and a mother of four, and I know very clearly that education and economic prosperity are key drivers of health. We know in Tennessee that kids have to get back to school and parents have to get back to work. It's paramount for our economy and its paramount for the health of our nation. And we're doing our part in Tennessee for that effort. And thank you and thank you and say, Little bill, please. Thank you, Dr. Um, thank you. Thank you, Mr President. First lady, Vice president, second lady. I want to Really Today was a really terrific day because it took Americans. Children put him in the center and said, This is not going to be a unilateral and a you know, you know, focal one dimensional discussion about covert 19. But as discussion that transcended that single moment and brought in the other issues of mental health, academic, health, emotional, health and really said that it's important to the whole child toe have the availability of schooling and I think having that discussion that was multi dimensional having teachers here in students here and the health commissioners here was in the secretary's here was really very helpful because I think it not only put the child at the center, but also made it clear about how important these other issues are that are beyond Cove in 19 in the health and welfare of our Children. And so the discussion was terrific and I think we have a way forward. Thank you very much, thanks to him. Me Today's I think I'm one now. Thank you for including me so much in today's event. I want to thank you. I want to thank the vice president, the first lady in the second lady for your comments and for all the concern you had for the education of our Children. I come today is a parent as an O b. G y n physician and is the managing partner of my practice. This has been a very scary but also a very enlightening experience who have walked through. It's been quite the challenge, and I will say quite the challenge. But the first thing I want to say is it's so important to get our Children back in school are higher education students are high school students in Our middle school students are so embedded in social media already. What they need is that social interaction with each other and with adults, because without that I fear what our society is going to look like. The preservation of society is reliant upon the interaction of these Children, day to day, face to face with each other. I also saw the anxiety of my youngest child, who's here today with me may see back on that side. I saw her anxiety when she came home from college. The anxiety of not knowing how her education would continue have been trying to set up the soon meetings and make it happen, but more importantly, not having the opportunity for those in person tutorials for that in personal relationship with a professor to complete her courses. And I think her courses did suffer because of that. She's a good student and it wasn't dramatic, but I can only imagine what it was like for other students. My eldest child had a learning disability to try to bring him home and do this education online. Without that in person benefit, without the tutors, being there present would have been a disaster to his now very good career in Richmond, and I just fear for that student, especially as we go back to school. I think it's very important that we also educate these these kids, because they sometimes do rise above it and feel is that they don't have the mortality or or the morbidity zor that that problem of interaction with each other, they will have new family units. My daughter will be in an apartment with three other girls. They will be the new family unit, and it's important that we educate them for that for when they come home that they realize that their elders there grand parents and are now vulnerable to him. That family unit has changed, but we can do this and we can teach them and masking. They've learned this. It's important, but we have to reinforce this at the college level to keep it on going as a priority, and I know that we can do it. Um, the other thing that I as a physician and a strong believer in this herd immunity and what I'm not proposing is that we put all of our students in a big bad and on Lee the survival of the fittest come out and a body positive. I'm not saying that I do think it's important to stop this tremendous isolation that keeps the virus as the winner. We need to get out. We need to have the vaccines to help us. We need tohave, the interaction that helps to get that immunity so that we can protect our vulnerable and we can protect our elderly. And we can protect those younger folks with co morbidity ease because we've got a society that is immune to the virus and we can put the virus back in its place. Um, and finally, I just want to again, thank you for being here. Thank you for hearing me out and thank you for for putting education of our Children in the utmost and for putting our economy in that place, too, because as a business owner, when I have parents who have to come late or leave early in order to educate their Children and yet run a business at the same time, is this lady stated? It is incredibly difficult, if not impossible, and we want to maintain their jobs. We want to maintain their work ethic But we also want to maintain the intelligence of their Children and of our future. And so I thank you again for your interest in this and for letting us be here. Thank you. I think it's very important to note that we've done it right. We closed up. We were amazing the way our great citizens adhere to what we wanted to do. And we saved. I think millions of lives. Now we want to be open. We understand the disease much better. Nobody knew what this was. Nobody had ever seen it before. There's been nothing like this since 1917. That's more than 100 years ago. But we saved. We saved tens of thousands of lives, hundreds of thousands of lives, and now we're open and we want to stay open and we will stay open. Winner close. He will put out the fires as they come out. I call the members and fires and whatever you want to call them. But I think it's very important to know what we've done. We've saved literally hundreds of thousands of lives. I was going over numbers before with the vice president, and have you looked at a 1,000,000 2 million, 2.5 1,000,000. Those a role Reasonable numbers toe what we could have had. Right now we're at a number, as you know, far lower than that. And, uh, where would you say we are today, Mike? Under 100. So we're 130. We could be it. We could be it. Ah, way over a 1,000,000 right now. And I think it could have been 2.5 for three million people. So But now we're open. And now we understand the vulnerable. We understand who has the biggest problem with it. And we watch that group in that age group and also people that aren't feeling so well with respect to in particular Deborah certain diseases. Diabetes is bad, the hardest bad. And we watched very closely and we've done it right when you look at what happened with Sweet and I kept hearing about Sweden with the herd, you know, with the pure hurt for the the herd concept of opening up and keeping open, all of a sudden it exploded. You look at what's going on in Brazil and a couple of other places, so we've really done it right, But now it's time to be open. It's time to stay open and we will put out the fires as they come up. But we have to open our schools. It's so important. Open our schools or what you said. From a psychological standpoint, with respect to staying home any longer, you can't do it. You can't do it. That has great dangers also, so that's where we are. We're not closing, will never close. You have certain areas that will have difficulty and they'll do what they have to do, and that will be up largely to the governor's. But it's also they're in very strong consultation with us was supplying them with tremendous materials and gowns and masks and anything else they need, and they should be doing it themselves. But we've made a lot of governors look very, very good. We've made a lot of governors look very smart. That weren't so smart. And some have just done a good job right from the beginning. I could give you a list. I could great him. I could great amount from 1 to 50 and, uh, you'd be amazed. It might be surprised at some of Mum's both good in bed, but I thank you very much for your remarks. I think it's very important what you said. I think it's very important. Please, Mr President, First Lady, Mr Vice President Karen. It's great to be here and end to represent the great state of Indiana, a za president of Ivy Tech Community College. We are Indiana's community college, so 160,000 students across our great state and I just maybe want to remind you as we talk about higher education, the true workforce engine that community colleges are for our nation and how important they are and the students that we serve. So let me just speak a little bit. We don't serve as much the 16 or 18 year old, though we have many traditional students. It's often the single mother that we heard about 29 30 year olds and beyond coming back part time and how important it is that they have access to community college. There also typically the lower income are first generation students are students of color. Those that really do need to have the opportunity for the American dream. So this has been incredibly important that we continue to run. And so we have. We've been virtual where we were virtual this summer. And as of Monday, vice president, We're doing completion academies on campus to ensure that those nurses and welders and all that need the hands on and labs courses, that they could be out there joining America's new jobs that are coming and being part of a strong economy. So we've appreciated the great support, the cares act. All that's got on. We will operate, we will be face to face. We will be hybrid. We will be online. We will be virtual. And for our single moms will even be learned anywhere. Which means that they can decide week to week if they can come on campus or be virtual or be a synchronous. So we know we have to change to meet the needs. But we appreciate the great support of this administration. Uh, and we will continue to work on behalf of ensuring that this economy has the workforce and success that it needs going forward. Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you, Mr. President. I'm fest ST John on the chancellor of the University of Alabama system which includes the University of Alabama U A, B U H and the Academic Medical Center in U. A. B. It's an honor to be here. Appreciate your hosting this. When this pandemic started and we had to send all of our students home from our universities. Many of us were afraid that this would be the disruption of higher education for all time, that they would learn that they could learn as well on their computer from home as they would on their campuses. One thing this has told us is we're not worried about that anymore. Our students or yearning to come back to campus, they want to be there. They it is, reaffirmed the value of on campus instruction at our institutions of higher learning. So last month, our board of trustees committed to returning this fall on all three of our campuses to in person instruction. Realizing that we could not eliminate all risk with it, we can reduced risk and manage risk in a way that allows us to go forward So early on, we look to the medical experts that you, a B, the researchers and scientists and doctors there to try to come up with a plan to make our camps is as safe as possible, and it's safe is any in the country, and we've got a 44 part Pillard program that allows us to do that. The first and we believe this is important is to try to have all of our students tested before they return to campus, not after they return, but before they returned so that those who need isolation can't do that at home, and we can begin the school year. Second, are you ably folks and are people on? All three of our campuses have developed a symptom tracking app. It's used on the phone. It takes 20 seconds to sign up for 10 seconds every two or three days to fall upon to track symptoms. We also have a program to trace, uh, contacts that will allow us to manage student outbreaks during the year and then last, a sentinel testing or a sample testing program throughout throughout the rest of the school year. What this does is not only, we hope, allow us to reopen our schools, but to keep them open, which is going to be the hardest. The hardest part. I want to thank you and the vice president for the assistance that we have received through these federal programs without without those, it would have been very difficult for our medical center. To continue for our camps is to make it through these difficult times and to allow us to have testing in place for our students this fall. So we promised to do our best to provide this essential service to our students and our citizens. And we greatly appreciate the assistant issue given, thank you very much. It's a great place, a great state. And you're right about one thing. There's nothing like the campus. If we've learned anything, it's The computer will never replace the campus They thought it would for a while, didn't they? But it didnt. After about two weeks, we figured out that it's much better to have it the old fashioned way, right? That's great. Great statement, actually. Thank you. Thank you, Mrs. Thank you, Mr President. Mrs. Trump. Mr. Vice President and Mrs Spins. Um, I'm 1/3 grade teacher. Blessed Sacrament Catholic school right here in Washington. Um, I believe Mr Vice President, you mentioned some heroes shortly. Go. I certainly agree with you the parents. I couldn't have done this for the past few months at home, without the community of parents that we have a blessed sacrament school. And I guess the teachers air heroes in their own way. I really believe that the real heroes here are students, students that plugged along that rose to the occasion. In fact, one of my students is here today. Really? Stand up. And that's why I'm here. Uh, they they showed incredible resilience spirit on, um, all of the gifts that God has given them. I really believe that the Children are our future, as I know that you dio um And I think that they are what is truly going to make America great again. So I want them to be back in school in the fall. Thank you. Right. We agree. Thank you. This Mr Trump, Mr President and First Lady Vice President Pence and Mrs Spence. Um, first, I just would like you to know that I personally pray for you daily. All four of you. I cannot imagine the burdens on your shoulders. And I know that it's only through God that you can handle that. And I'm not easy. I so so appreciate all you've done. Um, I am the president of our school board in the great state of Ohio and Cincinnati Indian Hill, and we're very actively working to get our Children back in school full time altogether, a safest possible. We're fortunate that we have a lot of resource is, and we're able to do that my biggest concern. And I hope through your leadership we will not have overregulation at the local level that would keep us from being able to accomplish that goal. My biggest fear is that we will get everybody back, will get into a routine and then because of regulations and mandates that we would have to close back down or it essential that home. And that is a very big concern. That would be just such a disruption on top of a disruption. So that is probably my biggest concern. I'm also very happy to hear that University of Alabama has made the statement to go back to school to college athletes, and we've been waiting all summer to know what's happening at that higher education level, and it's disruptive. They're going into the into their senior years and internships were cancelled, and it's a scary time. That's a scary time. Anyway, on a good day for a young person. So, um, I really hope that our higher education institutes will make some decisions soon. And, um, really, I'm just honored to be here, appreciate so much what all of you have done. And however we can help. Please don't ever hesitate. Thank you very much. And will Alabama be playing some great football? What's going on with Alabama, Mr President? That's not the first time we've heard that question. I can promise you, uh, way we're planning to play the season that University of Alabama understand that that creates great difficulties and complexities. And we're hoping for that. It's important to a lot of people, but we're doing our best on that one. It's a lot of the coach. Great, coach. Yes, sir. Thank you, Mr President. We like I don't know about them, but the reverse of mine is gonna be playing used in the house of Yes, it's hurricane in the building. I'm Johnny Taylor, is you know, and I'm your appointee and I want to start by saying thank you. I remember being right across the hallway in 2017 when you appointed me to be your advisor, prep chairman of the President's Board of advisors on historically black colleges and universities HPC use. And frankly, there were people who questioned whether or not anything would really come of that. And if you were really committed, I remembered visiting with Vice president, vice president in the room just across the hall, actually, and you met with 60 almost 70 of our historically black colleges and university of presidents. They came to visit, and you're welcomed us. I remember meeting with Secretary DeVos early on, and there was all of this commitment HBC use and frankly, the naysayers. I didn't think you would make good on it. The three of you. And you did. So let me start by thanking you. Thank you for remaining committed to the country's 101 historically black colleges and universities and allowing me to be the chairman of the board that advises you all collectively on HBCU. So thank you. Listen, you've done great bias so far. I mean, says 2017. Every year our budgets have increased, but not just financially, but the truth support of our institutions. And this today is yet another example of your advocacy, your support of historically black colleges and universities that is giving us two safe space to return, uh, safely to to campus. We need to bring our students back because, frankly, without these institutions, these great institutions, many of our communities are fragile. Communities will suffer in ways that people just can't quite put their arms around. There's three things that I would point out here quickly. First fault online education, the virtual education. While it's wonderful, um, it's not as good as in person education and the higher education space and our students, many of them who come from the most fragile of communities, and many of them didn't get high quality secondary educations. When they get to the post secondary space, they need their teachers. They need to look across. They need to come to office hours, they need the assistance. And so we need to encourage these colleges toe open so that their students can get the best education and truly experience the American dream. Secondly, HP issues economic drivers and many of their communities and many of these communities they are the largest employer and you were 40. Kind enough to create opportunity zones. But you know, when schools have shut down, there's not much opportunity going on. So we need these schools to be open. Mr. Vice President, Mr President, Secretary DeVos so that we we can get the surrounding community can go back toe work. A lot of those businesses air struggling if we shut these campuses down and they've been struggling for a significant period of time. So it's also just smart business. Small businesses need this, and then finally, the entire country right now is engaged in a discussion around, you know, racial tension and the need for diversity. And corporate America in particular, wants us to do something about it. Well, HP issues play an outsized role in helping soften that problem. Historically, we've created the over disproportionately black leaders, teachers, doctors, lawyers, judges, etcetera far more than the 101 schools should be punching. They're actually punching above their weight and therefore, if we're going to commit long term to addressing the racial inequities and issues of discrimination in our country, HB issues have to be a part of that and you do that by getting these kids and these faculty members and these administrators back toe work. So on behalf of the country's 101 HBC use as an American, as a father of a 10 year old little girl, thank you for the commitment to get our schools back and our Children back safely, Uh, so that they can learn and has the same experience. American dream. Thank you. Thank you, Johnny. And you're doing a great job. The only thing is, I don't think people know how much we've done for historically black colleges and universities. Nobody knows that. We've done more than any administration in history, and nobody knows that. But maybe they'll find out eventually they'll find out. Uh, but thank you very much. Appreciate it, please. Brad Weller from Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. Seventh grade science teacher. Thank you very much, President, for being here and doing all this First lady, Mr Pence and I really, really want to thank Karen Pence for stealing all of my information. Iterate down this'll morning. And then she did it again after I wrote the new stuff down just here this afternoon. So appreciated. Uh, no. I'm going to keep this short and sweet. We're ready to go back. We literally are ready to get back. I know our students. I know I have three kids at home. They want to go back. Its it's it's time. It's time. Just like your economy, which is the greatest economy ever in the history of the world. Um, I appreciate that you had to slow it down. The momentum was gone. We did the same thing to our students last year. Their momentum was I mean, they were rolling. They were well oiled machine. And then all of a sudden, just you had to throw it and we had to throw it in Park. If we just have to change gears a little bit this year, you know, that's one thing we can do, but to throw it in park again. I don't I don't like that option. Thank you. You're right. Thank you very much, Brooke. Thank you, Mr President. I'm Brooke Rollins, the president's domestic policy chief, And and while I sit here and listen to everyone, I'm struck. Uh, I don't know that the world understands, but I think it's so important. We have a president who was arguably one of the most successful businessmen in the history of our country, the first lady who has spent her time and her talent, her extraordinary skill on focusing on the well being of Children. We have a vice president who was one of the most successful governors in the history of our country, and we have a second lady who has a career and is focused on being a teacher in an educator. This is the Dream Team. I don't know that there will ever be another leadership team like the four of you to lead this country back to even greater heights than it was ever before. In March of this year, 75 million students lives and their family's lives were upended when they were sent home 75 million plus families. Just a couple of months later, here we are in the East Room of the White House, with some of the country's greatest educators, leaders, teachers, HBCU leaders coming together to figure out how to get the schools reopened, how to do it in a safe way and how to do it, or we put Children first. The good news. I'm so glad that the doctor goes, is here from the American Pediatric Society Association because we're now understanding that that I think an analysis of 45 studies recently showed that the preponderance of evidence indicates that Children's Children are less likely to be symptomatic, have the severe disease or be really susceptible and transmit Cove in 19. And for the week ending June 27th school aged Children accounted for only 1.3% of Cove in 19 related hospitalizations. The evidence is showing that it really is time for these kids to get back to school, but it really is about the mental health, the well being and the emotional well being of these kids. But also focusing on is this President's done. This is the last thing I'll say the for gotten Americans, the vulnerable Americans who are most susceptible to the ravages of what happens when we don't get kids back to school. And we don't get kids and lives back to normal. As the mother of 1/5 grader, seventh grader, eighth grader and 10th grader, there is no doubt in my mind representing all the moms in this country that would really love for our kids to get back to school But it's about so much more than that. It's about the well being and safety, an economic prosperity of this country. And having this dream team along with Kellyanne and Secretary DeVos, secretary, a czar and our teams here, this country needs to know that we're fighting every single day for every American and to ensure that we can reopen safely and make sure that it's done in the proper way. So thank you, Mr President. Thank you, bro. Thank you very much, Mr President. Mrs. Trump. Mr. Vice President. Mrs Pence. It's an honor to be here representing for Saif County schools and Forsyth County, Georgia. We're about 30 miles north of Atlanta, sort of 52,000 students in our school system. We're ready to go. We're going to open our doors on August 6. We've been planning and preparing all summer. We will have guidelines in place. I'm really proud of our teachers and our students how well they perform last spring. But as everyone has said this morning this afternoon, our students need to be back in school and we will be prepared on August 6. I will assure you of that. That's great. That's great. thank you very much. Thank you, Mr President. Mrs. Trump. Mr. Vice President, This suspense. Mr. President, thank you for your bold leadership and for convening us here today for this vital conversation. It's clear our nation's schools must fully reopen and fully operate this school year. Anything short of that robs students not to mention taxpayers of their futures and their futures represent our nation's future. So it's not a question of if it's just a question of how we had a good discussion today on how to ensure schools reopen and education continues in ways that keeps students and teachers healthy and safe. Under the president's strong leadership, our economy is roaring back. Our schools must do the same. This is the moment for American educators to rise to meet the needs of every student. Students can't afford to fall further behind. Even before the virus, too many were trapped in schools that don't meet their needs. So this is the time to reopen schools, to rethink school, to be more nimble, more agile, more responsive to student's needs. In a 21st century changing world, this moment demands actions, not excuse making or fearmongering. We've done whatever it takes before. And as Kellyanne said earlier, and as you've often said, Mr President, we've dug out the Panama Canal. We've won world Wars. We've reduced the Berlin Wall to rubble. And thanks to you, we've defeated Isis with grit, determination and grace. We can do what's right for all students and ensure they are back in school. Thank you. Thank you very much. Appreciate it. Very nice. This good afternoon. Thank you, Mr President. First Lady Trump, Vice President Pence and secondly, deepens. It's an honor to be here. My name is Nicole Washington. I am a trustee at the Florida Agricultural Mechanical University in Tallahassee, as well as Miami Dade College in Miami, Florida. As you both well know, are stewed. Our schools didn't close. In many ways, the pandemic accelerated trajectory that we were already on to use technology to expand services and programs to students. It's not been easy, actually had the pleasure of teaching costs and ate a synchronised class this summer at the University of Miami on, and I applaud all of the faculty and the staff who have had to pivot on a dime and provide these services to students. Florida, a and M is actually going toe okay, and we're going to invite all of our students back in the fall of the board made this decision based on a McKinsey survey survey that found that only 1/3 of our students would likely stay if we chose to remain remote online. Further for the fall, students would choose either better online options or options closer to home or two or more cost effective measures. And so we do want toe do we are gonna reopen. We do want to reopen. I think there are obviously concerns. Either way, if we remain virtual, we have enrollment concerns, student engagement concerns as well as budgetary concerns. And then, if we open, we have to be very cognitive cognizant Annv