The CDC was expected to release the information by the end of this week, but the spokesperson told CNN: “They’re not ready to come out this week.”
The spokesperson said he doesn’t have a “clear picture at this point” on when the agency might release the documents but indicated the information would “likely” be available by the end of the month.
The CDC said last week it was releasing new documents on how to safely reopen schools this fall after President Donald Trump complained that the agency’s current guidance was “very tough” and “expensive.” Vice President Mike Pence described the additional information as a “new set of tools,” five different documents that would clarify the existing guidelines.
The agency’s director, Dr. Robert Redfield, emphasized in a briefing by the White House coronavirus task force last Wednesday that the protocols should not be used as an excuse to keep schools closed.
“Remember, it’s guidance, it’s not requirements, and its purpose is to facilitate the reopening and keeping open the schools in this country,” Redfield said.
However, by the following day, Redfield said while the CDC was not changing its reopening guidelines, it would offer additional documents.
“Our guidelines are our guidelines, but we are going to provide additional reference documents to aid basically communities in trying to open K-through-12s,” Redfield said. “It’s not a revision of the guidelines; it’s just to provide additional information to help schools be able to use the guidance we put forward.”
CNN’s Kristin Holmes and Naomi Thomas contributed to this report.