In the lead-up to the 2020 election and beyond, President Joe Biden and his administration promised American parents that within the first 100 days of his presidency, students would be back in the classroom after being out for the past year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
That promise is now starting to sound like a bait-and-switch scheme, as White House press secretary Jen Psaki was pressed on the details of the vow during a recent White House press briefing, where she indicated that the Biden administration wants the nation to move on from assuming the promise will be fulfilled.
For the first time since Biden took office, reporters in the White House press pool finally did their jobs as they dug into Pskai for the finer details about how and when K-8 students would be returning back to the classroom in the 100-day period.
“Sure, his goal that he set is to have the majority of schools, so more than 50 percent, open by day 100 of his presidency. And that means some teaching in classrooms. So at least one a day week, hopefully it’s more! And obviously it is as much as is safe in each school and local district.”
The “at least one day a week” part of that response immediately caught the attention of several more reporters, who continued to press Psaki on the matter.
“When you say ‘some teaching,’ you didn’t use the same majority qualifier there, you just said ‘some teaching’ in schools, some teachers in school, not the majority of teachers in school in the majority of classrooms,” the reporter said.
Psaki clarified further, repeating her talking point of “at least one day a week” in a majority of American schools by the president’s 100th day in office.
Social media erupted after Psaki revealed that her boss’s promise essentially means that students could still be spending 80 percent of their learning in a remote classroom capacity, which was not the message originally pushed by the Biden transition team.
According to Fox News, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky suggested last week that there’s sufficient data to indicate that teachers can safely return to the classroom even if they haven’t yet received a COVID-19 vaccine.