Return to School Road Trip Highlights Safe Return to In-Person Learning
This week, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced that Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona will be kicking off the Return to School Road Trip on Monday, September 20th. This bus tour will visit a variety of cities in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan to spotlight communities that are safely returning to in-person learning. Deputy Secretary Marten will accompany Secretary Cardona as they visit students from Pre-K through higher education.
The Return to School Road Trip is one component of ED’s larger efforts to support students, schools, and educators returning to school. Specifically, last month ED released the Return to School Roadmap, a resource detailing priorities for schools and districts returning to in-person learning.
The Administration also points to a series of recent steps to protect marginalized students, including students with disabilities. For example, ED highlights the release of $3 billion in IDEA funds to support infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities and encouragement of schools to use the $122 billion allocated to the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund to hire additional staff to support students with disabilities.