Arizona Governor Doug Ducey—a zealot for charters and vouchers whose election was funded by Charles Koch and Betsy DeVos—has ordered the state’s public schools to reopen on August 17 as the disease rages out of control in his state. School leaders are not so sure this is a good idea.

Common sense suggests it is a very bad idea.

The Arizona Republic reports:

The school year hasn’t begun, but an Arizona teacher has already died from COVID-19, according to a school superintendent.

As President Donald Trump’s administration pushes for schools to reopen on time, a small community in eastern Arizona is reeling from the death of a teacher who contracted COVID-19 after she taught summer school virtually while in the same room as two other teachers.

The school district’s superintendent, Jeff Gregorich, said three teachers went above and beyond in taking precautions against the spread of the virus while teaching in the same room, but all three contracted COVID-19.

Kim Byrd, who started teaching the Hayden-Winkelman Unified School District in 1982, died.

Gregorich does not believe Arizona schools are ready to open and said Trump does not understand the magnitude of recent remarks insisting on reopening schools.

“The learning can be made up, but the lives will never be brought back,” he said.

On Wednesday, Arizona school and public health leaders were still processing a flurry of comments made by Trump, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Vice President Mike Pence leaning on state leaders to reopen schools.

The administration’s push comes as a record 2,008 suspected and confirmed COVID-19 patients visited Arizona emergency rooms on Tuesday, according to data released by the Arizona Department of Health Services. The data showed the state reached a new high for hospitalizations related to the coronavirus that same day.

Many Arizona schools are preparing to open for in-person classes by Aug. 17, a target date set by Gov. Doug Ducey. Five weeks away, it’s unclear if Arizona is ready for that step.

Maricopa County’s leading health official on Wednesday said that data currently shows the county’s schools should not open.

“With community-wide transmission at such high levels in Maricopa County right now, it would not be a good idea to put school back in session,” said Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine, medical director of disease control for the Maricopa County Department of Public Health.

Kathy Hoffman, Arizona’s schools superintendent, has pushed back against the Trump effort to reopen schools. In an interview with The Arizona Republic on Wednesday, she called the messaging from the White House “confusing.”

“It’s out of touch with the reality here in Arizona with the severity and magnitude of COVID-19 cases,” she said.