On Monday, President Biden visited the Orr Elementary School in Washington D.C. to mark the first day of school for the 2021 school year. The purpose of the visit was to demonstrate the importance of students returning to the classroom, and illustrate the Biden Administration’s commitment to safely returning students to in-person learning.
During his visit, President Biden spoke directly to students in attendance, saying “I am here today to share with you that I believe in you, and you can have the future you deserve.” He went on to discuss the importance of education and the need to avoid dropping out of school.
The President also spoke about the importance of fostering a safe learning environment, saying “We have to make sure that everyone understands that when they come to school, they’re coming to learn. And that includes learning to respect each other, learning to be kind to each other.”
In his remarks, the President also highlighted the need to ensure students have the proper resources to learn, including access to technology. He made it clear that his administration will work to ensure that all students, regardless of their background or economic status, are able to succeed in the classroom.
President Biden also emphasized the importance of having students in the classroom and the need for students, teachers, and staff to be safe while at school. He noted that a safe return to in-person learning is necessary for student success, and will be critical for students to continue to learn, develop, and be prepared for the future.