Gov. Jay Inslee says schools in the majority of Washington’s counties should strongly consider online-only learning for students this fall due to COVID-19 and canceling or postponing sports and all other in-person extracurricular activities. (August 5)
JAY INSLEE: The rate of transmission of this virus is not low enough as we need it to be. The RO number-- that's the number of people that each person would infect-- is still above 1. And the implications of this are vast. It means that this pandemic will continue to grow unless something changes to the positive side in the state of Washington.
What happens in the community has great impact in the schools, and what happens in the schools has great impact on the communities. So here's our recommendations.
In areas that have high COVID activity-- and that means when there are more than 75 new cases per 100,000 residents, in sum, over a 14-day period-- schools in those counties are strongly recommended to use distance learning, with the option for limited in-person instruction in smaller groups with students with the highest needs, such as students with disabilities.
We also strongly recommend canceling or postponing all in-person extra-curricular activities, including sports and performing arts.