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Trump Administration promotes use of masks in schools, no mandate issued

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Posted at 7:40 AM, Aug 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-13 07:41:01-04

While most students in our area will be starting the school year at home - some students will head back to the classroom. Some students already have.

The Trump Administration says over 125 million masks will be provided to schools across the country for in-person learning. The administration is encouraging students and staff to use masks - but there is no mandate on this recommendation.

This comes on the heels of some students and staff now in isolation after testing positive for the coronavirus. This push to get students back in class also comes as the U.S. is averaging nearly 53,000 new cases per day.

"My administration also stands ready to deploy CDC teams to support schools that are opening and schools that need help in safety," explained Pres. Trump. "We got to go to school, we got to open up our schools and open up our businesses. And a lot of it has been opened, but we can do better."

Pres. Trump also says the U.S. is "working with Europe on the difficulties" related to the COVID-19 outbreak.