Many Students Could Be Back at School 5 Days a Week by Spring: Education Secretary Cardona

Miguel Cardona, Secretary of Education, has said he’d “like to think that, in many places” in the United States, schools can re-open for in-person education five days a week this Spring. The comments were in response to a question from CNN host Jake Tapper about when the secretary thinks school can return full time. “As soon as possible,” Cardona said. He added that he believes in-person learning is not substitutable. According to research presented to Congress on Friday by nonprofits the COVID Collaborative, the Walton Family Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute, and others, “Closing schools should be a last resort and done only after all other community mitigation measures have been deployed. In such cases, there should be extreme urgency to reopen schools as quickly and safely as possible.” According to data from Burbio, Iowa, Montana, Wyoming, and Florida had 100 percent re-opened all their schools by February. Meanwhile in Oregon, California, New Mexico, …

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