First Lady Melania Trump joined President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Second Lady Karen Pence on Tuesday leading a roundtable discussion on “Safely Reopening America’s Schools” in the East Room of the White House.
For the roundtable discussion, Melania wore a white and black color block sleeveless dress from Narciso Rodriguez. She previously wore this dress two years ago around this time during President Trump’s press conference announcing the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The graphic-print midi dress features a minimalist graphic lines at the bodice, a crew neckline, and a sheath silhouette. It retailed for $2,195.00, but sadly this dress is long sold out.
She completed her look by pairing the chic midi dress with a pair of black suede Christian Louboutin pumps. The Pigalle Follies 100 pumps retail for $695 and is available at Netaporter.com.
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At the “National Dialogue on Safely Reopening America’s Schools” roundtable discussion, Melania spoke about the importance of schools being vital for a children’s social and emotional development. The First Lady highlighted her ‘Be Best’ initiative first pillar that focuses on children’s well-being, including social, emotional, and physical health. She emphasized the experience children have been missing out due to the coronavirus pandemic forced schools to shut down indefinitely.
“When children are out of school, they are missing more than just time in the classroom. They’re missing the laughter of their friends, learning from their teachers, and the joy of recess and play,” Melania said. “Children’s mental health and social development must be as much of a priority as physical health. And we must address those needs as well, as their own mental health and wellbeing.”
The daylong event provided a forum to discuss “best practices” for safely reopening schools around the country. Along with President Trump, Melania, Vice President Pence, and Second Lady, the roundtable discussion was joined by several Trump Administration officials including Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Health & Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield, Kellyanne Conway, and White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx, along with education professionals, teachers, and school officials from around the country.
Melania noted with schools being closed, children with disabilities as well as children without access to technology and unsafe homes may be suffering worse situations and consequences than others. With school being closed for a lengthy time now, teachers are unable to effectively address and provide supportive services for a child’s physical and personal wellbeing.
The First Lady urged parents, teachers, and school officials to implement and inform children about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines on coronavirus.
“As we continue to come together as Americans to tackle these challenges, I look forward to working with you to make sure that America’s children and families can be healthy and thriving,” she said. “As the start of the school year gets closer, I encourage parents, teachers, and school to teach children about the importance of CDC guidelines and to implement them when appropriate.”
Last month, the CDC published a “readiness assessment” guidelines for “recommended practices” schools can follow. The multi-page checklist covers items such as procedures for regular cleaning, daily health checks for staff and students, small groups of students social distancing, and a checklist to respond if one becomes infected. Pence announced that the CDC will publish new guidance that will consist of five new documents to ensure that schools can reopen safely, how to prepare for a safe return, tools for parents, and guidance.