Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Sunday reiterated her decision to have all schools open “safely” for in-person classes this fall stressing that American schoolchildren must continue learning.
“Parents are expecting that this fall their kids are going to have a full-time experience with their learning, and we need to follow through on that promise,” DeVos said.
The secretary said educators should shift their mindset from the idea of “if schools reopen” to how to make it happen.
“Where there are hot spots in the future, in the fall, of course, that has to be dealt with differently,” DeVos said, adding that the Centers for Disease Control did not call for the closure of schools at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.
Additionally, DeVos said schools should extend help to students so they can catch up with their studies after being home since spring. She explained that some children with mental, emotional, and social issues are suffering from being stuck at home.
“They’ve fallen behind this spring, we need to ensure they’re back in a classroom situation wherever possible and whenever possible, and fully functioning, fully learning,” she said.
Earlier, President Trump threatened to withhold funding from schools that don’t reopen in the fall. He also said he will exert pressure on governors to reopen all state schools.
“American investment in education is a promise to students and their families. If schools aren’t going to reopen and not fulfill that promise, they shouldn’t get the funds,” DeVos warned.