Remote-only school? There are no COVID solution dollars for you


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Across the United States, thousands of children are deprived of personal education.

For students who are currently covid-positive, this makes sense — a student with a fever may not be in the classroom. However, for many, refusing to attend school in person is the result of unreasonable standards such as long-term exposure quarantines. And for others, the forced school-wide closure of students by teachers’ unions and their reckless demands.

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On Thursday, September 2, 2021, students attend the first day of school for the year 2021-2022 at the Gounod Laosier Primary School in Lille, Northern France. Two weeks after the start of the winter term, French teachers are already exhausted by the escalating pressure of COVID-19 cases and a nationwide strike organized by their unions to protest virus-linked class barriers and the ever-changing segregation rules. (AP Photo / Michael Spingler, File)
(AP Photo / Michael Spingler)

Schools must take and take general steps to protect teachers and students, as schools in Florida do. But it is clear that keeping children out of school does more harm than good.

The evidence is relatively unanimous that COVID-19 has a lower risk for children and young people, and that the new omicron mutation is proving less dangerous than previous strains. In contrast, data on quarantines, social isolation, and disruption to school closure are harmful to our children.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently declared “a national emergency in the mental health of infants and adolescents” in response to “rates of depression, anxiety, trauma, loneliness and suicide.” In addition, the average student is several months behind in terms of learning standards and the epidemic has exacerbated racial disparities in academic achievement.

Students will be attending the first day of school for the year 2021-2022 at Gounod Laosier Primary School, Lille, Northern France, Thursday, September.  2 Attend 2021.  Two weeks after the start of the winter term, French teachers are already feeling the stress of a nationwide strike organized by their unions to protest rising COVID-19 cases and virus-linked class barriers and the ever-changing segregation rules.  (AP Photo / Michael Spingler, File)

Students will be attending the first day of school for the year 2021-2022 at Gounod Laosier Primary School, Lille, Northern France, Thursday, September. 2 Attend 2021. Two weeks after the start of the winter term, French teachers are already feeling the stress of a nationwide strike organized by their unions to protest rising COVID-19 cases and virus-linked class barriers and the ever-changing segregation rules. (AP Photo / Michael Spingler, File)
(AP Photo / Michael Spingler)

Meanwhile, representatives of the Chicago Teachers Coalition came together last week to advocate for distance learning. Clearly, learning cannot be done in person, but there must be political advocacy. The hypocrisy displayed is stunning.

In light of these facts, it is outrageous that the Kovid-19 Relief Fund is being infused into schools with no personal instruction. Congress has empowered the government to help schools safely reopen and return children to normalcy. These schools face a lot of difficulties and they deserve the support of the American people. But schools do not mandate remote learning.

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The “closed” sign in March 2020 in front of a public elementary school in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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It’s simple: if the firm does not bear the costs associated with a resume and continues to receive personal instruction, why does it need funding from the government? Taxpayer dollars should not be spent to finance boring zoom sessions, Google meets and other nonsensical virtual teaching experiments.

That’s why I introduced the Keep Kids in Schools Act 2022. The bill prohibits Kovid-19 relief funds from going to remote schools. For the sake of our children, I hope my colleagues in the Senate – Republicans and Democrats – can agree.

President Joe Biden said “schools should be open.” It was a good political pundit, but it was time to support it with action. The president should also support my bill and tell them to stand up to teachers’ unions across the country.

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COVID-19 has done serious damage to the United States, but we are committed to weighing the costs and benefits of any option. Keeping children out of school can cost American families more than giving them personal instruction. That is always the case, but it is impossible to deny it now.

No matter how terrifying the epidemic is for adults, closures and social isolation are permanently damaging to the next generation. Today’s adults cannot risk America’s future in a vain attempt to turn the clock for the April 2020 lockdowns.

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