Governor John Carney announced on Tuesday that he wants to reopen schools in a hybrid fashion.
Carney says he believes certain trends in the state make it possible to have students in the classroom in the fall, including that those between ages 5 and 17 have the lowest number of cases right now.
The governor introduced three scenarios to reopen schools, which all depend on the spread of the virus in the community. One is the green model where schools are open, yellow model where schools using a hybrid model, and red model with schools closed.
“Clearly all the data suggests that we’re in yellow right now, we have been in yellow for some time. And if I had to predict we’ll be in yellow a week from now, but we will make that judgment then,” Carney said in a statement.
He also added that he particularly wants to push for elementary students returning, because he says in-person instruction is vital for their learning development.
The state’s current positivity rate is 4.2%, but we’re told the goal is to stay under 3% to open schools. We’re told a final decision to reopen schools will be made one week from today.