COVID-19: Going Back to School Safely, Hearing of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, United States Senate, One Hundred Sixteenth Congress, Second Session on Examining COVID-19, Focusing on Going Back to School Safely, June 10, 2020   [open pdf - 360KB]

This is the June 10, 2020 hearing on "COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019]: Going Back to School Safely," held before the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. From the opening statement of Patty Murray: "[W]e are here today to discuss something else this country owes all young people and children and that is a quality of public education even in the middle of a global pandemic. COVID-19 has upended schools in ways that are truly unprecedented, creating chaos for educators and support staff, parents, and of course our students. [...] At a minimum, public health experts say before reopening classrooms, states should be able to provide widespread testing and contact tracing to follow-up in every single case of the virus. The Federal Government should also start planning now for the distribution of a safe and effective vaccine, which will be critical for schools ultimately returning to normal. But until we have a safe and effective vaccine, I am glad to see so many states and school leaders engaged in detailed scenario planning. Because before families send their children back to the classrooms, educators return to teach, they need to know schools have thought through every possible scenario." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Penny Schwinn, Matthew Blomstedt, Susana Cordova, and John B. King Jr.

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S. Hrg. 116-551; Senate Hearing 116-551
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