Superintendent Reykdal Explores Health Models & Discusses Fall Reopening Workgroup

hey this is state superintendent Public Instruction Chris rake Don welcome back to our video series we've been coming to you pretty regularly especially in the beginning of the school closure trying to keep you informed as possible we sought some counsel and advice from you around some guidance we were giving to the system we took a little bit of a break to really focus on the end of our school year and get our districts really set to have a successful finish but now we've already turned our attention a lot to next school year how do we open safely and how do we do it effectively today I just want to ground you a bit in a little bit of our health reality where we've been where we're going and then where this task force we've created can focus some attention on how to successfully start up our schools next week however on Thursday the 28th to 3 o'clock Facebook live I'm gonna really encourage you to tune in to our annual art show again it's next Thursday the 28th 3 o'clock on Facebook live it's an awesome awesome show we normally do here at OSPI in Olympia every year we bring talented student artists from all over the state we recognize their art we give awards we recognize just amazing pieces we're gonna be doing it live however it next week in our building and our students will be piped in with some of their remarks you're gonna see some amazing bit of expression from them it's really cool to remind everybody both our students and our artists and just everyone around the state how much our students are constantly learning and expressing and still a part of the learning environment so tune in next Tuesday it'll be awesome alright let's talk about the health and where we've been things have evolved very quickly around the globe and in our country we're about four point three percent of the world's population here in the United States but sadly we've been 28 percent of all the deaths so far from Kovan 19 we think things are getting better for sure but we were woefully unprepared in terms of testing and preparation for this even as we saw it coming our way from its origin so we had to respond quickly in our state and I'm very proud to say that in the state of Washington collectively we've had a much better reaction than the nation as a whole we're about 2.

4 percent of the US population in our state but we account for only about 1.

1 all of the deaths sadly it's too many we've lost about a thousand Washingtonians our neighbors our friends our grandparents in particular but we we move quickly and we did it together when we made a lot of sacrifices sometimes it's not easy and I know there's frustration out there but our early action allowed Washington to be one of the most successful states in its response but as you see now if things are trying to open up and the governor is trying to release more activities to the economy we're getting people back to work that means we want to be ready for a safe start for our schools this fall and we have started a group who's going to focus on that but they first needed to ground themselves in the health realities of this so as you can see we were trying to avoid a super big spike in the cases and ultimately not overwhelm our health care system we had some success with that we kept our cases reasonably low we didn't overwhelm our hospital systems in Washington State had a very good result relatively speaking but nothing's as smooth as that bottom line it's actually more complicated now there are several scenarios for how this might unfold over the next several months as we think about opening schools this fall so what I want to do is get on the whiteboard again kind of walk through those scenarios and make sure we're grounded in the health and then talk a little bit about this task force we've started to get schools reopen this fall so let's head to the whiteboard we've been here before to the whiteboard if you recall we were trying to avoid that super big spike that we saw in other states in other countries this was sort of the tragedy of Italy in many respects we were trying to do something that didn't overwhelm our ability to respond in terms of our health care system and I think we did a pretty darn good job in Washington State to the best of our abilities we had a slower jump we had a peak that kept us reasonably safe and healthy and it's a long slow climb to get back to you know a more healthy state but it's never as smooth as it appears in some graphic or some illustration but we do have experts at the CDC and Department of Health who have helped us understand what are the more likely realities that we face there are several scenarios that people think about in the public health world they're sort of that comes and goes and Kress here and as we get maybe a little spike we have to dive back into those health regulations again and be really intentional about our practices so that we can get it to break down and slow down again another scenario which has people pretty concerned was the 1918 18 truth right this is the one where it kind of peaked and then it really spiked once we came back in the fall that is what we are trying to avoid and that's why it is so important that we have a real focus and intentional practice this summer of all of those hygiene aspects that can keep us safe the other possibility is that of course it comes in waves but it slowly diminishes over time until we can get a really good vaccine that's really a best-case scenario for us and so I just want to challenge you all to think about where we've been our success together and making sure that we could keep this under control and be thinking a little bit about the possibilities based on our behaviors this is what's driving a workgroup that we've created it's a back to school a sort of return to school how do we open up our schools task force more than a hundred and twenty people super diverse from all geographies of the state by race by gender principal superintendent it's teachers students of ours parents practitioners community-based organizations legislators we've tried to put a lot of voices on this so that we can understand the health aspects and how to safely open our schools they're looking at lots of models come back to school with lots of social distancing hybrid models where there's some online and some back to school they're thinking about aspects of transportation and nutrition and all the services that we provide in schools I'll be back in a couple of weeks after they've got a lot more work under their belt to share with you where they've been and where they're going maybe ask you for some feedback on a few places that they're struggling but that's our update we want to make sure you understood and remember the health situation we're in and grounded us again in this purpose the purpose is health and safety first and foremost and then how do we open up our schools this fall in a way that is safe next week tune in the 28 3 o'clock Facebook live an amazing virtual Art Show from all around the state and then we'll be back in a couple weeks with a real deep dive into what the workgroup has done to make sure we avoid that and still open up our schools safely take care everybody.

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