President Joe Biden has clarified his administration’s plans for reopening faculties, saying that he hopes to open “the majority of schools in K-through-eighth grade” by the tip of his first 100 days in workplace, which is able to happen in April.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said final week that the administration’s objective was for greater than half of faculties to have “some teaching” executed in-person “at least one day a week,” inside Biden’s first 100 days.
When requested throughout a CNN city corridor on Tuesday evening if his administration was backtracking on reopening faculties, Biden mentioned: “No, that’s not true. That’s what was reported; that’s not true. There was a mistake in the communication,” he mentioned. “But what I — what I’m talking about is I said opening the majority of schools in K-through-eighth grade because they’re the easiest to open, the most needed to be opened, in terms of the impact on children and families having to stay home.”
He added, “I think we’ll be close to that at the end of the first 100 days,” and mentioned later that “many” of the colleges might be open “five days a week,” noting, “The goal would be five days a week.”
Biden additionally mentioned that faculties are “probably going to be pushing to open all summer to continue like it’s a different semester.”
Psaki beforehand mentioned final week that faculties will not be open in the course of the summer season.
“And you’re right: Schools won’t be in session for the summer, but this is a pandemic we’re working to get under control, making progress every month,” she mentioned. “And we’re certainly hopeful that things will be — more kids will be back in school five days a week as quickly as it can safely happen.”
Psaki clarified on Tuesday that “Last week I said @POTUS goal was to open schools five days a week as quickly as possible. And that we are going to rely on science. Which is exactly what we are doing.”
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