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Education Secretary Miguel Cardona told MSNBC on Thursday he expects "all schools to be open full-time in-person for all students" by September.

Driving the news: A survey released Thursday by the Department of Education suggests Biden has met his goal of having "most" elementary and middle open for full-time in-person learning by the end of his first 100 days in office, according to AP.

  • 54% of schools up to the high school level are offering full-time classroom instruction, up from 46% in January. Nearly 40% are still holding all classes remotely, while 2 in 10 are using a hybrid model.
  • "Until we're at 100%, we must keep our foot on the gas pedal," Cardona said Thursday, adding that he'd prefer to have all schools open this spring.

The big picture: The CDC has advised that schools can conduct some form of in-person learning, even with various levels of community spread. It recently updated the guidelines to advise students to social distance at least three feet from one another, as opposed to six.

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Aug 13, 2021 - Health

Coronavirus case surges force school closures

Students during the first day of school at Roosevelt Elementary School in Anaheim, California, on Aug. 12. Photo: Jeff Gritchen/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images

Several counties across the U.S. have temporarily suspended school because of a surge in coronavirus cases among students and faculty early in the academic year.

Why it matters: Richard Besser, former acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told NBC this week he believes more schools will close due to COVID-19 than last year because the Delta variant spreads with greater ease than other versions of the virus.

Aug 13, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Texas judge allows county to temporarily defy Gov. Abbott's mask ban

Gov. Greg Abbott. Photo: Pool/Getty Images

A Texas district judge granted Harris County’s request for a temporary order that prevents the enforcement of Gov. Greg Abbott's recent executive order banning face masks mandates in public schools, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Why it matters: The order allows the county to temporarily enforce mask mandates for students and school faculty as COVID cases continue to tick up throughout Houston.

Virginia to require masks for students, school staff

Children, some wearing face masks as a preventive measure, pick up free lunch at a school in Arlington, Virginia on March 16, 2020. Photo: Andrew Canallero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

Students, teachers and other staff members will be required to wear masks in Virginia schools, following a public health order issued by the state health commissioner Thursday.

Why it matters: The order comes as the United States is seeing a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases and as hospitals are sounding the alarm about an increasing number of kids landing in the hospital after contracting the virus.