State Sen. Lana Theis, R-Brighton, who chairs the Education and Career Readiness Committee, issued the following statement on Tuesday, in response to reports that some Michigan schools are returning to remote learning because of the Omicron variant of COVID-19:
“Throughout this pandemic, children have been subjected to the harshest restrictions, despite being the lowest-risk demographic.
“The inconsistency goes against everything we know works in education. Kids need the foundation of a consistent schedule to reach their full potential socially, emotionally, and academically.
“We cannot move backward — we must move forward and restore normalcy, which centers on making in-person schooling available for all kids.
“This is something we can all agree on — the education of our children should be put first. While the governor and the Michigan Department of Education continue to put unions first, I strongly encourage local school boards to stand up and do the right thing: Keep our kids in school.”