Washington education officials are weighing at least seven scenarios for reopening schools next fall and say the status quo — a patchwork of distance learning models crafted by individual school districts — is “not a viable approach.”
The examples of how school could return range from resuming in-person learning as usual, to developing a new model of remote instruction. The “as usual” model is unlikely, state education department documents suggest, without the creation and mass distribution of a vaccine or a drastic change in coronavirus transmission rates.
In a cubicle farm on the fourth floor of a state office building lie the seeds of Washington’s next effort to slow and eventually halt the spread of the novel coronavirus.
This is Task Force Kokanee, named for the landlocked salmon, part of the state’s effort to expand tracking and tracing of the virus, and hopefully hem it in, like the salmon.
Did we flatten the curve on the coronavirus?
It’s too soon to declare victory, but it’s looking that way, says Dr. Stephen Hawes, professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
“Most likely we did, compared to the trajectory of other states and other outbreaks,” he said last week.
The event will be held via Zoom with panelists Bruno Dupeyron, a professor a JSGS; Laurie Trautman, director of the Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University; and John Maggiore, senior adviser to the governor at the New York State Executive Chamber.
Keller had been communications manager for the Bellingham Public Library since 2014 but had stepped into the role of communications director amid the city’s response to the new coronavirus pandemic.
She has a master’s degree in public administration from Evergreen State College and a bachelor’s degree in journalism and communications from Western Washington University, and also served as Bellingham’s communications director from 2001 to 2014.
"Knowing how important they are, knowing how vulnerable they are, I think we’re now at the start of a new conversation," said Hart Hodges, who runs the Center for Economic and Business Research via Western Washington University.
Canada and the United States have extended their agreement to keep the border closed to non-essential travel until June 21 during the coronavirus pandemic — the second time the closure has been extended.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the border is a source of vulnerability, so the agreement will be extended by another 30 days. The restrictions were first announced on March 18 and were extended in April and then again on Tuesday, May 19.
Whatcom County is strongly urging people who go out in public or work together in a shared space to wear a cloth mask starting Friday, May 22, to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
Dr. Greg Stern, Whatcom Health officer, issued the directive about the use of cloth face coverings, joining King County in doing so. King County’s directive, which is voluntary, started Monday, May 18.
On March 13, parents suddenly became teachers as students were sent home due to the new coronavirus pandemic.
With at least three more weeks to go in the school year, The Bellingham Herald spoke with two professors from the Woodring College of Education at Western Washington University at a comfortable social distance over the phone. Here’s their advice on how to homeschool your children during the coronavirus crisis.
Today we issued a Local Health Officer Directive that directs everyone to wear cloth face coverings while in any public indoor and outdoor locations where a person will be within six feet of someone who they don’t live with. As summer approaches and more worksites, businesses, and public places reopen, wearing face coverings in public will be a part of maintaining the gains we’ve made over COVID-19.
This Directive takes effect on Friday, May 22nd, and expires when the Health Officer determines mask use is no longer required.
Cloth face coverings don’t offer full protection against COVID-19. Wearing face coverings in public is another tool that will reduce the spread of the virus. It doesn’t reduce the need to wash your hands frequently and stay six feet apart from non-household members.