Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told governors she expects schools to be "fully operational" when summer break is over.
During a conference call with governors, she said schools need to reopen despite the status of the coronavirus pandemic.
"Ultimately, it's not a matter of if schools need to open, it's a matter of how," DeVos told governors, The Associated Press reports. "School must reopen, they must be fully operational. And how that happens is best left to education and community leaders."
She ripped some districts for proposing a hybrid model that would switch between in-person learning and virtual learning.
"A choice of two days per week in the classroom is not a choice at all," DeVos said. "Students across the country have already fallen behind. We need to make sure that they catch up."
DeVos' stance echoes how President Donald Trump feels about kids returning to schools. Trump has supported a return to in-person learning for the upcoming school year.
"It's expected that it will look different depending on where you are, but what's clear is that students and their families need more options," she told governors.
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