Biden administration gives guidance on schools

The Biden administration last week released new guidelines on reopening schools, for the first time offering federal guidance on issues including physical distancing and air quality in classrooms, COVID-19 testing and acceptable community spread rates.

The plan has drawn praise from teachers and the unions that represent them and condemnation from education reform activists and pro-business groups.

“For the first time since the pandemic began nearly a year ago, we have clear, actionable safety measures to keep both students and teachers safe,” said Boston Teachers Union President (BTU) Jessica Tang, in a statement. “It will also be important for Congress to ensure districts have the funding they need to implement the guidance.”

The Biden administration’s stimulus plan calls for $130 billion in aid to help school districts safely reopen schools.

Teachers unions, including the BTU, are calling for vaccination of teachers and school staff and regular testing of students.


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