Psaki says schools with in-person classes ‘one day a week’ count as reopened

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked Tuesday to clarify President Joe Biden’s plan to reopen K-8 schools within 100 days of his presidency.

At an afternoon press conference, a reporter asked Psaki to “help us understand” the White House’s or the president’s definition of “open school.”

“Does it mean teachers in classroom teaching students in classrooms or does it just mean kids in classrooms with a remote screen? Help us understand,” he asked.

Psaki said Biden’s goal was to have a “majority of schools” – meaning more than 50% – open by day 100 of his presidency, which would be April 30.

“That means some teaching in classrooms. So at least one day a week, hopefully it’s more. And obviously, it is as much as is safe in each school and local district,” Psaki said.

The reporter asked Psaki what she meant by “some teaching,” to which Psaki replied: “teaching at least one day a week in the majority of schools by day 100.”

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