On July 30, 2020, at a press conference devoted to the coronavirus pandemic, President Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos renewed the Administration’s insistence that the nation’s public schools reopen for in-person classes this fall. Trump and DeVos backed their stance by claiming that children are not a significant vector for the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. Although those claims were quickly debunked by public health experts, the pressure on schools to reopen is enormous and growing. Michael Addonizio is a Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Wayne State University and a member of Wayne State’s Kaplan Collaborative for Urban Education. He previously served as Assistant Michigan State Superintendent for Research and Policy.