With the community divided on what is science and what is partisan hype, and how to prioritize being a good neighbor without giving up all of one’s freedoms, the Central Racine Community Health Department (CRCHD) stays true to its job of advising on how to best protect the community it serves. Their decisions related to opening schools are based on the danger that COVID-19 presents not only to students, but also the greater community. Their recommendation also considers the impact and negative effects of students not being in school.
Virtual learning is the recommendation when the community case rate is considered “high risk”, or above 1 case per 1,000 people over the last 14 days. Currently the CRCHD area case rate is more than 3 times greater than the start of the “high risk” category and it appears to be rising sharply. For the greater Waterford Area, with a population of about 15,000 people, that equates to approximately 45 new cases in the last two weeks.
You can read the CRCHD Recomendations for Reopening Our Community here. It is at the top of page 3 where they address K-12 Schools.
Posted by Matt Kranich on 9/28/2020
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