Joe Biden promises majority of schools WILL be open five days a week by end of his first 100 days


Joe Biden promises majority of schools WILL be open five days a week by end of his first 100 days – and says there could be an extra summer semester to make up for lost time

  •  President Joe Biden said he believed a majority of K-8 students would be back in school five days a week by the tail end of his first 100 days in office
  • Biden said at a CNN town hall Tuesday night that reports about the aim being for students to be in school just once a week was ‘a mistake in the communication.’
  • Elementary and middle schools would go first ‘because they’re the easiest to open and the most needed to be opened in terms of the impact on children’

President Joe Biden said he believed a majority of kindergarteners through eighth graders would be back in school five days a week by the tail end of his first 100 days in office.  

Biden said at a CNN town hall Tuesday night that reports about the aim being for students to be in school just once a week was ‘a mistake in the communication.’

‘But what I’m talking about is, I said opening the majority of schools in K through eighth grade, because they’re the easiest to open and the most needed to be opened in terms of the impact on children and families having to stay home,’ Biden explained.   

President Joe Biden said his administration’s goal is to get K through eighth graders back in school five days a week by the end of his first 100 days in office 

He said he believed ‘it will be close to that at the end of the first 100 days’ to get half the country’s younger kids back in school.

And he said the goal was give days a week.  

Biden also said he thought schools might opt to push classes into the summer. 

‘Like it’s a different semester,’ he explained. 

Biden’s comments come after White House press secretary Jen Psaki seemed to dramatically scale back the administration’s goal of half the schools reopened by the end of the president’s first 100 days, when she suggested open meant only one day a week.  

‘His goal that he set is to have the majority of schools — so, more than 50% — open by day 100 of his presidency,’ Psaki said last week. ‘And that means some teaching in classrooms. So, at least one day a week. Hopefully, it’s more.’ 

When CNN’s Anderson Cooper mentioned the one-day-a-week caveat, Biden pushed back. 

‘No, that’s not true. That’s what was reported,’ Biden said, explaining that the actual administration goal was getting kids in classrooms closer to full-time. 

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