In LA, secretary of education says students need help with social and emotional health

During a visit to Los Angeles on Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona encouraged schools in California and elsewhere to help students heal after a school year that many spent in isolation.

Cardona also stressed the importance of in-person learning this fall at both K-12 schools and community colleges so students don’t suffer any further academic or social losses. Almost all of California’s school districts are planning to reopen for full in-person instruction this fall, though the same can’t be said for all of the state’s 115 in-person community colleges. Some are planning a hybrid fall semester, with a mix of in-person and online classes.

In an interview with EdSource, Cardona encouraged schools to spend the federal stimulus money they receive through the American Rescue Plan Act in ways that will support students’ emotional needs. Cardona also said that even though the stimulus money is a one-time windfall, schools shouldn’t hesitate to spend those funds immediately. Click here to read more: