Arrington to President Biden: ‘The science is clear: all schools can and should reopen to in-person learning’
Washington, February 24, 2021
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jodey Arrington (TX-19)
In the letter, Reps. Yvette Herrell, Ronny Jackson, Brian Babin, Alex Mooney, Randy Weber, Michael Cloud and Dan Bishop state that any school that refuses to re-open should not receive federal COVID relief funding. Instead, Rep. Arrington and his colleagues believe that funding should go directly to families to help alleviate financial strains of continued online learning.
“The Biden Administration has repeatedly changed their stance on reopening schools, blatantly ignoring the science from their own doctors and health advisors that supports reopening schools immediately. As the Biden Administration jeopardizes the lives of an entire generation of American students, the pandemic lockdown continues to impede students’ academic success, damage their mental health, and disrupt their entire support system, especially for the most vulnerable,” said Rep. Arrington. “President Biden should listen to parents and follow the science – schools should reopen immediately.”
Excerpts from the letter:
“It has been nearly one year since many students across the country moved to full-time virtual learning, and the consequences could not be clearer. At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, switching to online learning was necessary while Americans learned more about the virus and its impact on our students, teachers, and families. However, as time passed and we learned more about the adverse effects that school closures have on the mental, physical, and social well-being of our children, many schools re-evaluated the impact of online learning.”
“It is our responsibility to ensure every student and family has the freedom and opportunity to pursue educational and developmental excellence. It is simple: schools across the country have the resources to re-open to in-person learning, and they must do so immediately.”
Full text of the letter can be found here.