South Dakota Gov.: ‘The science is clear, our kids need to be in school’
As all fifty states debate plans to reopen schools, the South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has unveiled plans for in-person learning. She was on Fox and Friends on Wednesday morning and said that the “science is clear, our kids need to be in school.”
“It’s better for them, we got a lot of kids that haven’t checked in since virus hit, they need to be back in those classes,” continued Gov. Noem.
Responding to a question on when the kids are going back, Gov. Noem said that in South Dakota the kids are going back to school on time, and that “we have proven that distance learning is not that effective as being in the classroom.”
The Governor also addressed the issue of elderly teachers and how they could be impacted by this early reopening.
“We have fantastic teachers in South Dakota,” continued Gov. Noem. “Two-thirds of them are in the vulnerable population, so we are asking them to go back, and they really have a mission in their hearts to take care of these kids. They are also anxious to get back in their classrooms too.”
“For those that are older, or have pre-existing health conditions that make them vulnerable to the virus there are accommodations that can be made,” continued Gov. Noem.