Gov. Jay Inslee and Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal today announced the extension of school closures for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. The order keeps both public and private schools closed in accordance with the governor's original order on March 13.
The governor's proclamation prohibits in-person instruction through June 19, with exceptions for students with disabilities and English language learners for whom distance learning would present challenges. Facilities remain accessible for limited use, including providing child care and packing take-home meals for students' families to pick up. All activities must follow Department of Health social distancing guidelines.
Last updated March 7th, 2020
BACKGROUNDThe Coronavirus (COVID-19) appears to be slowly making its way into communities across the United States. At this time, in Washington State there have been a total of 79 positive cases and 11 deaths related to the Coronavirus.The Lummi Tribal Health Clinic (LTHC) and Lummi Public Health Department have been actively preparing and monitoring for COVID-19. It appears we are reaching a point where COVID-19 will be posing a threat to the Lummi Community. The medical community is now moving from a “CONTAINMENT” strategy to a “MITIGATION” strategy as COVID-19 has now escaped into the public community of WA State.MITIGATION STRATEGY
RECOMMENDATIONS In order to reduce the overall risk that COVID-19 poses to the Lummi Community, we will focus on multipronged effort to reduce exposure and transmission of the virus within our community. Therefore, LTHC and Public Health Department are STRONGLY RECOMMENDING the following protocols or policies:
a. All LIBC sponsored Public Gatherings should be cancelled or postponed to a later date b. All Business sponsored events (Concerts, business meetings, recreation) should be cancelled to a later date
a. Begin planning for school closure if COVID-19 reaches our community (“Plan for the worse, hope for the best”)
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