Scott to Host Roundtable with Parents, Teachers, Students, School Support Staff, Health Experts to Discuss Need for Federal Funding For Safely Re-Opening Schools

September 1, 2020
Press Release
Roundtable marks 100 days since House Democrats passed the Heroes Act

NEWPORT NEWS, VA – On September 2nd, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), the Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, will host a virtual roundtable with parents, teachers, students, school support staff, health experts, and school officials to discuss the need for federal funding to help schools reopen safely and maintain services for students. 

The roundtable comes more than 100 days since the House of Representatives passed the Heroes Act to provide schools the resources they need to cope with this crisis. Without significant and immediate federal relief for schools and state and local governments, public education could suffer devastating cuts. As a result, students will continue to fall behind, particularly students of color, students with disabilities, and students in under-resourced schools. 

Re-opening our schools is vital for our nation’s children and critical to our economic recovery. However, many schools cannot afford to take necessary safety measures. For example, according to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, 4 in 10 districts need to update or replace HVAC systems in at least half of their school buildings. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) school reopening guidance lists proper ventilation as a key consideration for schools seeking to reopen safely. 

Fully reopening classrooms without appropriate resources – as President Trump has demanded – will endanger the health of students, parents, school staff, and the community.  

Full video of the roundtable can be found below. 

 

WHO:

Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03);

WHAT:

Virtual Roundtable with Parents, Teachers, Students, School Support Staff, Health Experts and Others on How to Safely Re-open Schools

WHEN:

WEDNESDAY, September 2nd, 2020 at 10 a.m.

RSVP:  Press interested in the roundtable should email Austin Barbera at austin.barbera@mail.house.gov

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