I know that there are some folks making decisions that are less based on science and more on their ideology. ... We have to make sure that we're following mitigation strategies and creating safe learning environments for students. — U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona
I know that there are some folks making decisions that are less based on science and more on their ideology. ... We have to make sure that we're following mitigation strategies and creating safe learning environments for students. — U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona
Students Need To Be In Classrooms, With Masks, This Fall, Education Secretary Says
U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona has a message for schools across the country ahead of the new school year: Students need to be in classrooms.

"That's where students learn best," Cardona told NPR's A Martรญnez. "Schools are more than just places where students learn how to read and write — they're communities. They're like second families to our students."

... "I know that there are some folks making decisions that are less based on science and more on their ideology," Cardona said. "But at the end of the day, our educators, their job is to make sure our students are OK. We have to make sure that we're following mitigation strategies and creating safe learning environments for students."

It's on schools to communicate with hesitant families about the steps they're taking, Cardona said. If they're not taking the right steps, "what's going to happen is those families that don't feel comfortable will not be sending their children to school."


Cardona added that he knows some school leaders are "going to be running up against challenges from elected officials. And that's sad and that's unfortunate."
Read the full article: https://www.npr.org/2021/08/02/1022429844/schools-masks-students-in-person-education-secretary-cardona