MILWAUKEE — Dr. Jill Biden made her first official trip to Wisconsin as First Lady Wednesday with a visit to Marvin E. Pratt Elementary School in Milwaukee.

The stop emphasized keeping students safe as they return to the classroom for in-person learning.

What You Need To Know

  • First Lady Jill Biden visited Marvin E. Pratt Elementary School on Wednesday

  • She highlighted the importance of helping keep students safe as they return to in-person learning

  • President Joe Biden last visited Wisconsin on June 29, where he touted his infrastructure package in La Crosse

In a library filled with teachers, school leaders, parents, and reporters, the First Lady said she and President Biden want to help keep schools safe and open, and promised to do everything they can to accomplish that.

Biden said a new school year can bring a lot of different emotions.

“A simple cough can really get your heart racing,” Biden said.

As the third round of payments from President Biden's expanded child tax cut hit bank accounts Wednesday, the First Lady touted her husband's efforts to help kids and schools.

“The American Rescue Plan increases access to broadband and tech devices, creates additional learning opportunities outside of the classroom, and provides more mental health support,” Biden said.

Biden, who is a professor of writing at Northern Virginia Community College said as a teacher, and a mom, she understands the challenges a pandemic can bring.

“We're going to keep listening and we are going to keep learning from your experiences, and we are committed to working as hard for your children as you do, and together I know we are going to find a way forward,” Biden said.

First Lady Jill Biden holds a small group conversation with parents, teachers, and school leaders.

Biden also called for unity and encouraged Americans to fight the virus and not each other.

Republicans, however, criticized the visit and said the First Lady can't cover for her husband's failing grade.

“No visit from Jill Biden will erase the fact that the Biden administration is actively seeking to take away the rights of Badger Staters with their unconstitutional executive orders,” Preya Samsundar, RNC spokesperson, said in a statement.

After her stop in Milwaukee, Biden visited a community college in Iowa.