Biden: 'Every school should be open' in the fall
August 2, 2021
President Biden on Thursday called for all schools to open this fall for in-person learning even as coronavirus cases rise around the country, arguing there are enough tools available to ensure children and teachers are safe.
"We can and we must open schools this fall, full time," Biden said in remarks from the East Room of the White House on combating the pandemic. "It's better for our children’s mental and emotional well being, and we can’t afford another year out of the classroom. Every school should be open, and we’re giving them the tools to be able to do so safely."
Biden pointed to funding through the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan from March that allowed schools to implement improved ventilation systems, and he noted teachers were prioritized through the Department of Education when COVID-19 shots first became widely available in the spring.