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Press Release Published: Mar 23, 2023

Wenstrup to Hold Hearing on Consequences of COVID-19 School Closures

WASHINGTON – Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic Chairman Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio) will hold a hearing titled “The Consequences of School Closures: Intended and Unintended” to examine the consequences of COVID-19 school closures on student development and the role federal health agencies and teachers unions played in school closure decisions. America’s children experienced historic learning loss, higher rates of psychological distress, and decreased physical well-being as a result of these unscientific school closures.

“Preparing our education system to effectively address a future pandemic starts with holding our federal health agencies accountable for any and all errors made, especially inexplicable mistakes. The decision to close schools, in response to COVID-19, proved harmful for students’ academic, mental, physical, and social success. We need to fully investigate whether government officials placed the best interests of our nation’s children first when making these decisions. I look forward to working with my colleagues on a bipartisan basis to conduct a fair investigation and deliver the truth about school closures. American students and families deserve these answers.” said Select Subcommittee Chairman Wenstrup.

WHAT: Hearing titled “The Consequences of School Closures: Intended and Unintended”

DATE: Tuesday, March 28, 2023

TIME: 10:00 AM ET

LOCATION: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building


Mr. David Zweig

Author and Investigative Journalist

The Atlantic, New York Magazine, The Free Press

Ms. Tracy Beth Høeg, M.D., Ph.D.

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Specialist


Private Practice Physician

Ms. Virginia Gentles


Education Freedom Center

Independent Women’s Forum

*more witnesses may be added later*

The hearing will be open to the public and press and will be livestreamed online at Press must be congressionally credentialed and must RSVP by emailing by Monday, March 27 at 5:00p.