Heidi May Wilson, Senior Manager, Media Relations
ALEXANDRIA, Va., (March 19, 2020)—The following statement can be attributed to National PTA President Leslie Boggs:
“The coronavirus outbreak and its impact on families, schools and communities nationwide has reached a critical point. Our utmost priority during this crisis is the health and safety of all students, educators, staff and families. We are also committed to supporting and making sure all children, families, schools and communities have what they need during this challenging time.
“While we know this is a rapidly evolving situation—and we understand this is an unprecedented public health emergency—it is critical that the federal government provides clear and robust guidance for families and schools struggling amid the pandemic.
“National PTA is calling on the administration to provide clear guidance to states so that local education and health departments can respond effectively to the many questions and concerns of our nation’s families and schools. We have also joined other education organizations in calling on Congress to take swift, bipartisan action to provide fiscal and policy relief to state and local education agencies.
“Families and schools need clear guidance around school closures, state testing requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act, online learning, internet access and access to meals. This guidance—alongside flexibility and injecting funding to support state and local capacity to address the impact of the coronavirus crisis on our education system—will bolster the critical work going on in our communities to keep our nation’s students learning and supported.
“PTA members work hard every day to ensure our children, families, schools and communities are safe, healthy and have what they need to thrive. In this time of crisis, our association remains committed to supporting and advocating for our nation’s families, schools and communities and helping them navigate the challenges that have arisen.”
About National PTA
National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health and welfare of children and youth. For more information, visit PTA.org.