They can’t keep this madness up much longer.
While many states debate about the reopening of schools by fall semester due to fears of COVID-19, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) insisted that kids in her state will “definitely be in the classroom.”
According to Breitbart, “The science is clear: Our kids need to be in school. It’s better for them,” Noem said. “We’ve got a lot of kids that haven’t checked in since this virus hit. It’s really our most vulnerable population that needs to be back in those classrooms.”
Fox’s Ainsley Earhardt asked, “When will governors — when will you all make decisions? I’m sure … each governor is going to have their own timeline, but when are you going to say a definite?”
“Well, for us, our kids are going back to school on time,” Noem responded.
Earhardt clarified, “Definitely?”
“Definitely,” Noem said. “They will definitely be in the classroom. We have proven that distance learning is not as effective as being in the classroom. We think that kids have only achieved about 70 percent of the learning that they could have, had they been in school. And then also, we have a lot of kids that don’t have a stable home environment. They don’t have parents that are really being responsible to make sure that they’re learning. Those are the kids that are getting hurt the most. And in South Dakota, in some districts, it’s up to 30 percent of the children.”
“So they need to be there in the classroom where these teachers and administrators can see how they’re doing, look at them, give them a hot meal,” Noem added. “Make sure that we’re taking care of them. And then make sure that every single child, at this important time in their life — that they have the opportunity to learn so they can be successful for the rest of their life.”
You can watch a clip of Noem’s comments here.