President Trump said on Tuesday that his administration would be pressuring governors throughout the United States to open public schools to students in the fall.
"We're very much going to put pressure on governors and everybody else to open the schools, to get them open. It's very important," Trump said at a White House event on school reopenings that featured health experts, educators, and politicians.
The president claimed that such a move is the preference of parents and students around the country, with Vice President Mike Pence assuring that reopening could be done safely.
The American Enterprise Institute applauded the president's position.
"Schools connect students with peers and mentors, channel youthful energy into productive pursuits, teach essential academic skills and knowledge, and give overwhelmed parents room to breathe and work," the organization said.
School openings also play an integral part of economic revitalization, as it allows parents the ability to return to full-time work.
"Everybody wants it. The moms want it. The dads want it. The kids want it. It's time to do it," Trump said.