AMERICA’S First Lady Jill Biden is planning to return to the college classroom despite the alarming Delta variant raging around the country.
Jill Biden is heading out of the East Wing to return back to teach for the fall term of college as the country is facing a swelling spike in the global Coronavirus pandemic and contagious Delta variant.
First Lady Jill Biden is planning to return to the college classroom despite the alarming Delta variant raging around the country[/caption]
Her intention to teach English classes for the fall term comes as there is a swelling spike in the global Coronavirus pandemic and contagious Delta variant[/caption]
“Parents, I want you to know that your child, your school, and your family are at the heart of all that my husband, Joe, is doing to help our country defeat and ultimately recover from this pandemic,” Biden explained in a message to families and educators who like her will be returning to in-person learning.
After Labor Day, Biden is expected to instruct Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) students every Tuesday and Thursday for 13 weeks, according to the Washington Post, citing a college class schedule.
The return to in-person lessons departs from last semester when Biden, who is known in the academic circles as “Dr. B” had taught students remotely at the same college where she’s been a faculty member since 2009 when her husband was Vice President.
She’s teaching two courses: College Composition I and English Composition Readiness II, the Post confirmed.
Biden will be wearing a mask, and shadowed by Secret Service through her commute from the White House to the college and while she’s on campus.
FIRST LADY, TEACHER AND MOM
“As a teacher for over 30 years, and a mom even longer, I know that classrooms are so much more than places where our children learn math and reading.”
She cheered on her husband and his administration for “doing all we can to keep schools open and at the same time safeguard our children.”
Biden also propped up her confidence in the Covid-19 vaccines and masking up as tools to instill confidence that classes can continue with some protections in place.
”With classes beginning again, the uncertainty of COVID-19 remains,” she wrote.
“Still, we do know that vaccines and wearing masks provide the best protection available against this virus.”
ALEXANDRIA’S AFGHAN REFUGEES
Biden’s school year at the Alexandria campus at NOVA will be shaped by the fact that it’s one of the landing sites across the country for Afghanistan refugees who fled the Taliban after President Biden pushed for the Aug. 31 deadline to withdraw and end the 20-year war.
“At least these lives are safe now,” one man who gave only his first name Nasru told the Post.
Biden was initially denied her request to return back to Alexandria’s campus in January, according to CBS News.
She’s hoped to engage and tap into the energy and healing that in-person instruction gives.
“Like all educators, the first lady cannot wait to get back into the classroom with her students,” says her press secretary, Michael LaRosa told the Post.
“She is looking forward to teaching and communicating in person rather than through the screen.”
Besides, Biden appeared to not be a huge fan of remote learning.
“I think it’s really hard to learn on Zoom, don’t you?” Biden asked a fifth-grade writing class while visiting an elementary school in Concord, New Hampshire, in March.
“I think it’s really hard, but I still get to know my students just like your teacher does.”
The Delta Covid variant first seen in India back in December is now dominating US cases.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) described Delta as “more transmissible than the common cold and influenza, as well as the viruses that cause smallpox, MERS, SARS, and Ebola—and called it as contagious as chickenpox, according to Yale School of Medicine.
Across the US there is an average of roughly 164,300 Covid-19 cases reported daily – an increase of 14 per cent from two weeks ago, the New York Times reported.
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The city of Alexandria in particular – which boasts a population of 159,467 – is dealing with a “high transmission” status with over 100 cases tallied in the past seven days, according to city data.
The city’s health department announced this week that the pandemic hasn’t let up. “Approximately 1 in 20 Alexandrians who have tested positive for COVID-19 have required hospitalization, so without these critical steps, additional lives may be at risk.”
As far as vaccine rates in Alexandria, in August there was 69 per cent of city residents age 12 and up have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, while 60 per cent are fully vaccinated, according to the Alexandria Times.
At that time there were approximately 44,000 residents age 12 and older who were “wholly unvaccinated.
Despite the “uncertainty” with the pandemic in schools, Jill Biden submitted “we know that vaccines and wearing masks provide the best protection available against this virus”[/caption]
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