KC Dem Club On-Line: Local School Reopening? Teachers Speak

Idaho’s COVID-19 infection rate is still on the rise. Yet the majority view of our state’s conservative politicians is to proceed with local school reopening in the fall. Although the need to restart public education is not in question, their insistence that children attend school in person puts both the students and their teachers at risk of infection. Therefore, any plans to reopen schools must include a comprehensive plan to prevent the spread of COVID-19in schools. The approved plan must sufficiently mitigate the health risks to the children plus all those who engage with them during the typical school day. It must also reduce the potential that children and staff would take the infection home to their families.

Who better to discuss the challenges of educating during a pandemic than the teachers themselves? This Friday, our guest presenters will be local teachers and counselors. In addition to being educators, they are also parents. Consequently, they are experiencing first-hand the dual pressures of opening schools safely while protecting themselves and their families from potential infection.

Join the Dem Club this Friday for a discussion on the potential plans for school reopening with the people on the frontlines of this debate. Listen to their concerns, examine the potential problems, and ask questions.

Ruben will distribute a Zoom link for this meeting on Thursday, July 23. If you do not receive the link, email him at rmiranda2265@gmail.com.

Panhandle Health (Idaho Health District 1)

(District 1 covers Kootenai, Bonner, Boundary, Benewah, Shoshone counties)

Emergency Restriction Order: Face Coverings in Kootenai County

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Informational Hotline: 877-415-5225

Health District 1 COVID-19 public health monitoring and testing*

As of 12 pm 07/24/2020

District 1

Total Cases: 1,478
Lab Confirmed Cases: 1,461
Probable Cases: 17*
New Cases Today: 51
No longer monitored: 652**
Hospitalizations: 66***
Currently Hospitalized: 31

Kootenai County
Total Cases 1,240
Confirmed Cases 1,229
Probable Cases 11
Active Cases 696
Deaths 4