The eyes of the state of Washington are reopening schools, regardless of the rate of COVID-19 infections


Governor of Washington Jay InsleeJay Robert Inslee Washington State reopens schools regardless of COVID-19 infection rate (D) on Wednesday published updated plans for a return to personal learning in public schools, regardless of the community’s COVID-19 infection rate.

“I know some would have preferred to see this sooner, but we have data and research that didn’t exist half a year ago,” Inslee said. news conference Wednesday, where he was joined by Chris Reykdal, state education inspector, and other education and health leaders.

In the new guide, Inslee said all students can return to personal learning if COVID-19 cases mean less than 50 per 100,000 inhabitants. If the number of cases exceeds 50 but is less than 350, school districts may begin reopening intermittently, beginning with primary and secondary schools.

The guidelines state that in areas where there are more than 350 out of 100,000 to 350, primary school students and those “most in need”, including those with disabilities or homelessness, should be given priority and 15 or less they should be allowed to return to school in groups.

Inslee is outlined the recommendations on Twitter, writing, “It’s time to start bringing the kids back to the classrooms.

“Strong security measures are needed. It takes time, ”the Democratic governor added.

Inslee also said it is directing $ 3 million in CARES Act funding to “support safety planning in school districts – especially for those who need help meeting those requirements”.

School health and safety measures proposed by the governor include symptom screening, social distancing and facial masking, as well as increased hand hygiene, cleaning and ventilation.

The proposed measures represent a change from the other democratic administrations in the country, which have opted for more restrictions on schools and businesses, especially amid the recent surge in cases.

Last month, Inslee announced the four-week restrictions certain undertakings and activities, including: restaurants can only organize outdoor services and parties for up to five people. Complete closures of gyms, theaters and museums have been ordered.

The Seattle Times noted that the measures were the most extreme measures Inslee had taken in the fight against the coronavirus since he issued the order at home in March.

As Washington saw the country’s first confirmed case of COVID-19 in late January, the state health department a total of more than 206,000 confirmed infections were registered, 3,042 deaths and at least 13,074 hospitalizations for the virus were introduced.