School outbreaks wreck Trump's plans for return to normal

Thousands of kids and coeds are getting sick, along with their teachers, triggering mass quarantines, campus closures and last-minute switches to online learning. Virus-proof kids who are “virtually immune” to the scourge — that was what the president promised. A few days into the new school year, that prediction hasn’t held together.

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“His promises have proven to be false,” said Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat whose home state has seen coronavirus infections in 87 percent of the counties as of Monday, thrusting more than 2,000 students and nearly 600 teachers into quarantine.

“Children are getting infected at a greater percentage. Teachers are getting infected at a greater percentage,” said Thompson, who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, which oversees policy for national pandemic response. “That’s compounded with the common knowledge that this pandemic — with over 170,000 people who have lost their lives — is not going away. You can’t wish it away. You can’t talk it away.”

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