Coronavirus Panel to Hold Hearing on Safely Reopening Schools

Aug 4, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. (August 4, 2020) – On Thursday, August 6, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. ET, the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, chaired by Rep. James E. Clyburn, will hold a remote hearing with former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and education and public health professionals to examine the challenges to safely reopening K-12 schools during the coronavirus pandemic.


The hearing follows Chairman Clyburn’s letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos demanding she rescind the illegal threat to defund schools that do not immediately open for full-time, in-person education during the coronavirus pandemic. 


At a Select Subcommittee hearing last week, members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force confirmed that the Administration’s failed response to the pandemic exacerbated the spread of this virus.  At that same hearing, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, rejected the President’s claim that “young people are almost immune” to the coronavirus, stating:  “Children do get infected.  We know that.  So therefore, they are not immune.”



Remote Hearing on “The Challenges to Safely Reopening K-12 Schools”


2:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, August 6, 2020



The Honorable Arne Duncan

Managing Partner, Emerson Collective

Former Secretary of Education


Dr. Caitlin Rivers

Senior Scholar, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security

Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


Robert W. Runcie

Superintendent, Broward County Public Schools


Angela Skillings


Hayden Winkelman Unified School District


Livestream will be available on YouTube, the Select Subcommittee website, and the Committee on Oversight and Reform website.



116th Congress