Tiffany Sends Letter to School Administrators and Staff on One-year Anniversary of School Closures

March 18, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, on the one-year anniversary of Governor Evers’s call to close the K-12 schools and the switch to full virtual learning, Rep. Tom Tiffany (WI-07) sent a letter to school administrators and staff encouraging them to make the best decisions for their schools for the 2021-2022 school year.

Many students have been left behind with the virtual learning model, which has set back academic achievement and subjected young people to increased emotional and psychological pressure due to the lack of social interaction.

“We cannot allow children to continue to be penalized by virtual learning models when our top public health officials have clearly stated classrooms are safe for in-person return. The CDC guidance acknowledges that the needs of a school in a rural setting will look vastly different than the needs of a school in an urban setting. You as administrators know your students better than anyone so let’s work together to tailor solutions to their specific learning needs.”

“As we look ahead to the 2021-2022 school year, the critical takeaway from the guidance being released by the CDC, DPI, and DHS is that you as administrators have the flexibility to adjust your learning models to best meet the needs of your students without the threat of legal action. We must work together to interpret the science and establish learning models that put kids back in the classroom.”

Tiffany also thanked administrators and staff for their work to ensure children are continuing to learn during the unprecedented circumstances.

"This has been a difficult year for school administrators, and we thank you for your work to ensure children are continuing to learn no matter the circumstances. We must work together to interpret the science and establish learning models that put kids back in the classroom."

Read the full letter here.