Sen. Lamar Alexander Predicts Kids Will Return to School This Fall, but Under New Conditions


Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) predicted this week that public school students will return to their school buildings this fall, but he also said school officials would accommodate children in new ways because of COVID-19.

Alexander said this on FOX News this week and posted video of his appearance on Twitter.

“There are some health risks. Dr. Fauci warned against cavalierly dismissing those, but we do know that COVID-19 has been less damaging to young people even though they may carry it to older people,” Alexander told host Sandra Smith.

“I think that most principals and most school boards are making plans to go back to school in August, because any teacher can tell you there are other risks — the risk of social, intellectual, and emotional damage to a child who might lose an entire school year. We want to avoid that.”

But, as Alexander went on to say, children at school should practice social distancing and wear masks. And school officials should plan for other changes, he said.

“That means changing some schedules, and the governments will have to relax some of the rules to give schools more flexibility in scheduling their classes‚ having smaller classrooms and staggering classes so that you might begin early. The schedule might begin early. Colleges are starting early in August and going home before Thanksgiving so they avoid the peak of the flu season,” Alexander said.

“Schools don’t have the same problem of kids going all the way home during Thanksgiving or going all the way home during Christmas. They might consider that schedule change as well. In addition there will be a lot of attention to flu shots and pneumonia shots and there should be, but it’s the usual thing. Social distancing. Wash your hands. Stay apart from one another and then regular testing. If you find a child in a classroom who is infected, he is or she is removed from the classroom. You test all the other children in the classroom and make sure the school is safe.”

As The Tennessee Star reported earlier this month, Alexander said someone could potentially test themselves for COVID-19 using something as seemingly mundane as a lollipop.

Alexander chaired a hearing this month —“Shark Tank: New Tests for COVID-19”—that featured testimony from Dr. Francis Collins of the National Institutes of Health and Dr. Gary Disbrow of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority. They discussed efforts to create new technologies designed to produce tens of millions of COVID-19 tests.

Alexander worked with Senate Health Appropriations Committee Chairman Roy Blunt (R-MO) to include what he called a “shark-tank”— like effort in the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act that provided an additional $25 billion for COVID-19 testing.

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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star. Follow Chris on Facebook. Email tips to [email protected]






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5 Thoughts to “Sen. Lamar Alexander Predicts Kids Will Return to School This Fall, but Under New Conditions”

  1. 83ragtop50

    Hey, if my kid has to wear a mask can he also carry his cap pistol?

    The government and school administrators are going to screw things up even more if they continue down this nonsensical path. Of course that is just in addition to the other actions that they have implemented to make American public schools the laughing stock of the world. But, hey, you can get into college even if you cannot read, spell or add 2 plus 2. So what’s the big deal anyway. Tell the kids to stay home and play X-box and mail them a high school diploma on their 18th birthday. Would save a lot of money including not having the “free” meal welfare program.

    1. William Delzell

      Wearing a mask doesn’t endanger other kids: carrying a weapon does. Remember Columbine?

  2. William Delzell

    Senator Alexander sounded quite sensible in this interview. My only hope is that this virus won’t cause a major anti-urban prejudice among all Americans. While I can certainly understand why people right now would want to flee those areas, I hope that once we can lick this virus that people will return to our cities. If too many people move to rural areas, they could bring the virus with them. Also, rural areas have fewer essential amenities than urban areas in terms of hospitals, public transit, office parks, green parks for walking and recreation, and the like. Too much sprawl can add to gridlock and pollution, that could increase vulnerability to a relapse.

    I hope Alexander will decide to run for re-election if, for any reason, to keep these virus-deniers from getting the whole country sick with their recklessness.

    1. CCW

      I would not call this sensible…” even though they may carry it to older people” That statement does not seem very sensible, just sheer conjecture. We have no proof by CDC, WHO, ETC, about this. Sensible “virus lickers” are a dime-a-dozen now with their conjecture. Sensible does not have kids in school wearing face masks, nor citing Red China examples as to how to treat school children .. “dress them with Buzz Lightyear wings in school to enforce social distancing”, nor denying lunch room privileges, nor stepping all over child vaccine issues.

    2. CCW

      Yeah, it is too bad about Lamar and Corker. Maybe we can get them both to run again. That would be a hoot would it not. They could join Jeff Sessions and have the 3 musketeers.