July 28, 2020
- We’ve seen national surges in cases, an uptick in statewide cases, and a plateauing of local cases. Without a sustained positivity rate of lower than 5%–which Philadelphia is currently exceeding–combined with a sustained reproduction rate of lower than 1, it will be unsafe for buildings to reopen. These metrics must be the foundation of decision making.
These components have increased the already extreme trepidation regarding reopening. Further, without the proper implementation of the requirements of our plan, reopening with the hybrid model as currently proposed is not a viable option.
“Never in our lifetimes have we seen a situation like this, and there is no road map for how to navigate so many factors. We desperately want to reopen school buildings, but unfortunately, there’s been a confluence of events–not the least of which being the virus trajectory itself–that shows that this is simply not possible.
“The health and safety of our students and educators must be paramount, and we cannot gamble with their lives. Our membership has spoken, and in conjunction with the science of the virus, our research, and what we know now, the District must begin the year in a fully virtual format. Lives are on the line.”