'But what I'm talking about is, I said opening the majority of schools in K through eighth grade, because they're the easiest to open and the most needed to be opened in terms of the impact on children and families having to stay home, ' Biden explained. The authorities should "move them up in the hierarchy". My guess is they'll probably be pushing to be open all summer, to continue like it's a different semester.
He said he believed "it will be close to that at the end of the first 100 days" to get half the country's younger kids back in school.
In a clarification of comments made by Psaki, Biden said there was a mistake in communication when it was reported that a school could be considered open if it was open just one day per week.
And he said the goal was give days a week.
US President Joe Biden said Tuesday that all Americans will have access to Covid-19 vaccines before August.
The questioner, Kevin Michael, who was introduced by Anderson Cooper as an independent, had concerns over the now year-long disruption in proper schooling and wanted to know "the plan to get students back into brick and mortar buildings?"
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Biden said that kids in grades K-8 should go back to school, but that it's "harder" to get high schools open without a rehaul of school ventilation systems.
He described much more fondly his time at the vice president's official residence at the Naval Observatory, a compound of 80 acres complete with a swimming pool and a place where he said he could wander the grounds freely.
Harris did not directly answer a question about whether teachers should have to return to the classroom before being vaccinated.
"We got them to move up time because we used the National Defence Act to be able to help the manufacturing piece of it, to get more equipment", Mr Biden said at the CNN town hall event in Milwaukee on Tuesday night.
"So if that works that way, as my mother would say with the grace of God, and the goodwill of the neighbours, that by next Christmas, I think, we'll be in a very different circumstance, God willing, than we are today", he said. "Those things matter and that can save a lot of lives while we're getting to the point of herd immunity".