One or two confirmed cases in a single classroom would require those classes to be closed for 14 days, with all students and staff to be quarantined. The rest of the school would continue to operate, but if two or more people in different classes at the same school tested positive, the entire building would close for investigation and may not reopen for two weeks depending on the results.
In California, where schools in two-thirds of the state have been barred from reopening in person for now, state guidelines require a school to close for at least 14 days if more than 5% of its students , professors and staff are positive over a two-week period.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Updated July 27, 2020
Should I refinance my mortgage?
- This might be a good idea, as mortgage rates have never been lower. Refinancing demands have pushed mortgage applications to some of the highest levels since 2008, so be prepared to wait in line. But defaults are also on the rise, so if you’re thinking about buying a home, be aware that some lenders have tightened their standards.
What will school look like in September?
- Many schools are unlikely to return to normal schedules this fall, requiring continued online learning, makeshift child care and reduced work days. California’s two largest public school districts – Los Angeles and San Diego – said on July 13 that distance education would only be remote in the fall, citing concerns that the surge in coronavirus infections in their regions pose too serious a risk to students and teachers. Together, the two districts are home to some 825,000 students. They are the largest in the country to date to abandon their plans for a physical return, even partial, to classrooms when they reopen in August. For the other neighborhoods, the solution will not be an all-or-nothing approach. Many systems, including the country’s largest, New York, are devising hybrid plans that involve spending a few days in class and other days online. There is no national policy on this yet, so check back regularly with your municipal school system to see what is happening in your community.
Is the coronavirus airborne?
- The coronavirus can stay aloft for hours in tiny droplets in stagnant air, infecting people when they inhale, mounting scientific evidence has shown. This risk is highest in congested indoor spaces with poor ventilation, and may help explain the super-spread events reported in meat packing plants, churches, and restaurants. It is not known how often the virus is spread via these tiny droplets, or aerosols, compared to the larger droplets that are expelled when a sick person coughs or sneezes, or transmitted through contact with contaminated surfaces, said Linsey Marr. , an aerosol expert at Virginia Tech. Aerosols are released even when a symptomless person exhales, speaks or sings, according to Dr Marr and more than 200 other experts, who presented the evidence in an open letter to the World Health Organization.
What are the symptoms of the coronavirus?
Does asymptomatic transmission of Covid-19 occur?
- So far the evidence seems to show it. A widely cited article published in April suggests that people are more contagious about two days before symptoms of the coronavirus appear and estimated that 44% of new infections were the result of transmission from people who were not yet showing symptoms. Recently, a senior expert from the World Health Organization said that transmission of the coronavirus from people who did not have symptoms was “very rare”, but she later reconsidered that statement.
Chicago, the third largest school district in the country, has proposed a hybrid reopening system that would place students in groups of 15 members who can be quarantined if a member tests positive. School buildings are expected to close if the city averages more than 400 new cases per week or 200 cases per day, the plan says, with other worrying factors such as low hospital capacity or a sudden spike in cases taken into account.
In Indiana, where the college student tested positive Thursday in Greenfield, an Indianapolis suburb of 23,000 people, the virus began to climb in mid-June and the number of cases remained relatively high. This week Indianapolis chose to start the school year online.
The Greenfield-Central Community School Corporation, which has eight schools and 4,400 students, has given families the option of in-person or distance learning. At Greenfield Central Junior High School, which the student who tests positive attends, about 15% of the 700 students enrolled have opted for distance learning, said Olin, the principal.
“It was upsetting that our families wanted us to come back,” he said, adding that families should be responsible and not send students to school if they showed symptoms or were waiting for test results. . Students are also required to wear masks except when eating or doing physical education outside, he said – and as far as he knows, the student who was tested positive did.