First Lady Jill Biden on Monday issued a message to parents and teachers in support of mask-wearing and COVID-19 vaccinations — saying “listening to science” will keep schools open.
The longtime schoolteacher wrote in an ABC News op-ed that her husband’s administration was doing everything it could to “defeat and ultimately recover from this pandemic” and assured the public that “all that my husband, Joe, is doing to help our country defeat and ultimately recover from this pandemic.
“To keep our schools open and safe this year, it will take all of us coming together—being honest about the risks we face, listening to science, and working as one,” she wrote.
The first lady’s message came on what marks the first day of school for many children around the nation.
She voiced support for federal recommendations that students and teachers wear masks in classrooms, guidelines that several states including New York have adopted.
“This Administration is doing all we can to keep schools open and at the same time safeguard our children,” she wrote.
She noted that “we do know that vaccines and wearing masks provide the best protection available against this virus.”
Republican governors of states such as Florida and Texas have pushed back against school mask mandates and attempted to ban local districts from ordering face-coverings be worn.