U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona Visits Beverly Hills Middle School in Push to Get Students Back in Class

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Image via Heather Khalifa, The Philadelphia Inquirer.
U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona (right) elbow bumps teacher Ryan Tierney in his 7th grade ELA class.

Beverly Hills Middle School in Upper Darby had a visit on April 6 from U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona to promote the Biden administration’s “Help Is Here” campaign to reopen schools safely during the pandemic, writes 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 7th grade math class had one student.

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

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

Junior Olivia Chamberlain, after struggling with virtual lessons, said “it was nice to have that breath of fresh air,” back in school, she said. “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 at The Philadelphia Inquirer about Secretary Cardona’s visit to Beverly Hills Middle School.