U.S. Secretary of Education Visits Delco in Push to Get Students Back in Class

David Bjorkgren
Image via Heather Khalifa, Philadelphia Inquirer.
U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, right, greets teacher Ryan Tierney.

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona recently visited Beverly Hills Middle School in Upper Darby to promote the Biden Administration’s “Help Is Here” campaign to reopen schools safely during the pandemic, write Kristen A. Graham and Maddie Hannaports for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

“We need to offer students in-person learning options as quickly as possible, as safely as possible, so they can get back to the business of being students, engaging with one another,” Cardona said.

He visited classrooms that had only a few students.

Danielle Shalon’s seventh-grade math class had one student.

At a roundtable discussion with Cardona, Khalid Doulat said he finds it hard to talk to people in person now.

“I’ve lost touch of who I am,” he said.

Olivia Chamberlain, after struggling with virtual lessons, said “it was nice to have that breath of fresh air,” back in school. “But you have to understand that it’s not going to be the same. I think that’s what a lot of people are afraid of. They don’t want it if it’s not going to be the same.”

Read more about Miguel Cardona’s visit to Beverly Hills Middle School in The Philadelphia Inquirer.