Plans to reopen schools should include options for in-person classes, as well as online learning, Rep. Thomas Reed said Thursday.

“Our operation has been working along the lines of pushing for schools to reopen, but we are recognizing that if the schools aren’t reopened that we better have a Plan B,” Reed, a Republican whose district includes the Greater Olean area, said during a media call with reporters.

Reed said he is working with constituents to ensure the region continues to properly function while preparing for the upcoming school year.

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Childcare will be a priority for Congress regardless of how schools reopen, he said.

Reed said he is working with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California to provide funding for childcare.

“McCarthy is supportive of childcare funding and support as we go through the next package,” he said. “We joined Kevin McCarthy and have communicated with him our full support for the effort for enhancing the budget lines.”

During the media call, Reed said he sees strong support in his congressional district for President Donald J. Trump, even though polls show the president’s national support declining.

“What I see in the district is quite the opposite,” he said. “What I see in the numbers and what I hear from folks out there is that support for the president in our district, the 23rd Congressional District, is solid.”

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