Cooper sets guidelines for reopening schools, extends Phase 2
Gov. Roy Cooper provides guidelines for reopening public schools next month during a July 14, 2020, update on the coronavirus outbreak in North Carolina and the state's response to it.
good. Good afternoon. This is the two minute warning. Please press one to ask a question. Good afternoon, everybody and thank you for joining today's update on Cove in 19 in North Carolina. As of today, we have 89,484 lab confirmed cases. 1956 New cases reported today, 1109 people in the hospital and, sadly, 1552 people who have died. The loss of a loved one from Cove in 19 can be a difficult and lonely journey, and our prayers are with all of you as the summer rolls on and many Children and parents were talking every day about what will happen this school year. In the spring, when this pandemic first broke out, we made the difficult but necessary decision to close in person learning at K through 12 schools and moved to remote learning. March feels like a long time ago, given everything we've been through. And that was just the beginning of a series of tough decisions to slow the spread of cove in 19 that have helped our state cope and prevented our hospitals from being overwhelmed. The reality is that the disease continues to spread throughout the country, and some states are seeing their hospitals fill up. But the good news is we now know more about how to slow the spread and how to protect ourselves. After working with health experts, school superintendents, teachers and MAWR, we plan to put those protections in place and open our schools in a careful way. Today we announced that North Carolina schools will be open for both in person and remote learning with key safety precautions to protect the health of our students, teachers, staff and families. This is the Plan B that we ask schools to prepare. It's a measured, balanced approach that will allow Children to attend but provide important safety protocols like fewer Children in the classroom, social distancing, face coverings, cleaning and mawr. As a part of this plan, we want local school districts to provide for remote learning options for any child who chooses it. In addition, school districts will have the option of Plan C all remote learning, if that's best for them. Now. I know parents and students and teachers have questions about what school might look like if they attend in person. I want to share mawr information about some of the requirements for schools under this plan, so face coverings will be required for every teacher, staff and students from kindergarten through high school. The studies have shown overwhelmingly that face coverings reduced disease transmission to help. The state will be providing at least five reusable face coverings for every student, teacher and staff member. And we've already delivered a two months supply of thermometers and medical grade equipment for school nurses. Schools will be required to limit the total number of people in the building, so that's six feet of distance sitting as possible. For example, when students receded or in a line, districts and schools can use a plan that works for them, whether it's alternating days or weeks or some other strategy symptoms. Screenings, including temperature checks, will take place daily before Children enter the school buildings. Schools must create away toe isolate students who have symptoms to ensure that they can get home safely. Schedules must allow time for frequent hand washing, and schools will regularly clean classrooms, bathrooms, buses and equipment. Teachers were worked to limit sharing of personal items and classroom materials, non essential visitors and activities involving outside organisations will be limited. In addition to these and other requirements, schools are strongly recommended to implement other safety precautions such as one way hallways and entrances, keeping students in small groups that stay together as much as possible eating lunch in the classroom. If the cafeteria won't allow for social distancing and suspending activities that bring large groups together like assemblies, we know schools will look a lot different this year. They have to in order to be safe and effective. The public health experts and the school leaders developed these safety rules to protect our students and teachers and their families. They've also developed detailed procedures for what will happen if a student or a teacher test positive. Plan B is the baseline for our state. However, if I said, as I said earlier, District's can choose Plan C, which requires all remote learning if they determined that that's best for those Children, parents and teachers in that area. But let me be clear. The start of school is a month away for most of our Children, and we know a lot can happen with the virus during that time, if trends spike and in person schools cannot be done safely. Even with these safety protocols, the North Carolina will need to move to all remote learning like we did last March. There are no decisions Mawr important than the ones about our Children in our schools. This announcement today is the result of careful, collaborative and painstaking work. As with many choices during this pandemic, we're working with the best information in science that we have today. We know there will always be some risk within person learning, and we're doing a lot to reduce that risk. But as pediatricians and other health experts tell us, there is much risk and not going back to in person school. We know that schools provide so much more than just academic lessons. They support our Children's social, emotional and physical development. They're reliable sources of good meals, and they are a critical line of defense when a student has a troubled home life, including abuse, mental health, hunger and homelessness. My mom was a teacher. If I says I've said many times, I've spent time with teachers and every corner of our state. It didn't take a pandemic for me to understand that teachers are some of our most essential employees, pulling from their own pockets to buy supplies, getting in early just to stay late and even working extra jobs to stay in the profession that they love. In March, our teachers and school staff dove headfirst into the challenge of remote learning and meal distribution. They rose to the occasion, and now we're asking them to rise even higher and dig even deeper, so we must move ahead with the resources needed to protect them. Ensuring this plan protects not just Dudas, but teachers and staff To is the top priority. I strongly encourage all superintendents and principals to meet with and listen to teachers and staff as they shape their plans. I know this will be challenging work for them, but I have faith in North Carolina's teachers today. I also announced that when the current executive order expires this Friday, July, the 17th North Carolina will continue to stay paused and safer at home phase two for three weeks. Now, our virus trends air not spiking. Like some other states. We have hospital capacity and our percent positive is still high, but it's steady. However, our numbers are still troubling, and they could jump higher in the blink of an eye, easing restrictions. Now toe ally I'm or high transmission activities could cause a spike that would threaten our ability to open schools. The most important opening is that of our classroom doors, and we want to be done with this pandemic. But it's not done with us. Will continue toward the school year working together with everyone safety in mind. Lastly, lastly, let me tell you about the easiest and most effective way we can ensure our Children go to school in August. And he's economics restrictions as well. Where a mask CDC director Robert Redfield said that if everyone could wear a face covering over the next six weeks, we could drive this virus into the ground. Let's do that for our Children. If nothing else, I'd now like to ask Dr Mandy Cohen, our secretary of our Department of Health and Human Services, to say a few words about this plan and what went into it. Mandy. Well, thank you, Governor. Before I dive into some of the science and data related to Children in schools, I wanted to provide a quick update on our key metrics. I'll do a deeper dive with all the graphs later this week. But in summary are trends. Look about similar to last week Our surveillance data, which is our early warning metric that looks at people who come into the emergency department with covert like symptoms. It's still increasing our case Numbers, as the governor said, continue to trend upward. The percent of tests that are positive remains level, but higher than I'd like. North Carolina's trajectory of hospitalization has continued to tick upward, but we still have capacity related to our response capabilities there. Largely stable, though, we continue to see longer wait times for test results as our national commercial labs air swamped in our hospital labs or having supply challenges. These are not issues that are unique to North Carolina and are happening around the country. States need federal assistance as we can't solve these issues alone within North Carolina, so in short, we continue to simmer. But we've avoided boiling over as many states are doing now. We will continue to watch our trends closely. If we see indications that were changing quickly or there's new scientific data that emerges, we will not hesitate to act. Planning for the upcoming school year in the context of this pandemic has been full of difficult decisions, and we recognize that there are no perfect answers in developing the plan laid out by the governor. Our department looked to the science and medical evidence to guide us at every step of the way. The scientific evidence available today shows that Children are less likely to be infected with Cove in 19 and Children get less severe illness than adults. Importantly, Children who have Cove in 19 are also less likely to spread it to others, even in school or a group setting. This is particularly evident in younger elementary AIDS Children. We also looked at data from around the world indicating that schools are a lower transmission setting and have not seemed to play a major role in spread of Cove in 19. We weighed these factors against the conclusive evidence that school is critical to a child's education, health, emotional and social well being and that missing school is actually harmful to Children. With any hard decision like this, it's necessary to weigh the risks and the benefits, and there are no easy answers, so After looking at all of those risk and benefit, we've decided to move forward with today's balanced and flexible approach Plan B, which allows for in person instruction as long as key safety requirements are in place in addition to remote learning options. In arriving at this approach, it was critical that students and families have the option to choose remote instruction based on their own unique health and risk considerations. While the emerging evidence shows that school is a lower risk setting, we need to reduce risks for students, teachers and staff even further. That's why our guidance, as the governor said, requires all students and teachers to wear cloth, face coverings and maintain a distance of six feet. We also added guidance for the precaution of the adults in the building that they need to take when interacting with one another. With these measures and the additional robust public health requirements and our guidance, we can mitigate but not eliminate the health risks of reopening. While these policies need to be in place to reopen. We also know the new measures were requiring of schools will not be easy to comply with. That's why over this summer, our department has worked hand in hand with our state education counterparts and with school districts. We've listen closely to the needs and concerns of North Carolina students, parents and teachers. As a governor shared, we will provide five cloth face coverings for every student, teacher and member of the school staff, one for every day of the week. School nurses have already received shipments of personal protective equipment and guidance on how to manage suspected cases of Cove in. In addition, school staff have received flow charts on how to screen students and take appropriate next steps, and custodians and bus drivers are now equipped with new checklists on cleaning, disinfecting in sanitizing. Today's new policies create a baseline of health and safety during Cove in 19 that every public school in North Carolina will have to follow. But in the spirit of flexibility, school districts will be able to exercise even more caution and choose Option C remote learning only, but no school dress tricks may fall below this baseline of Plan B. We've never faced a pandemic like this one before. I know that for all of us, this has been a very stressful reality. I can't tell you with certainty what the future holds. But I do know that Governor Cooper and our department will be in constant communication with school communities. Offering resource is and support as we all find our way through this together. In the meantime, there are three simple steps everyone in North Carolina can take to limit the spread of the virus and keep our school doors open. Practice those three W's wearing a face covering over your nose and mouth, waiting six feet apart and washing your hands often where weight and wash. Thank you, Governor. Thank you, Dr Cohen. Your laser focus on the science and the facts are deeply appreciated. I'd now like to invite the chairman of our State Board of Education, Eric Davis, to offer some remarks on behalf of my colleagues on the state Board of Education teachers and educators across our state and, most importantly, the nearly 1.6 million public school students that we serve each day. I want express our appreciation to the governor into Secretary Cohen for your outstanding leadership during this pandemic. I also wish to thank the education leaders in the General Assembly who have partnered with us in support of our students and teachers. Since March 14th when our school buildings were closed for in person instruction, educators and stakeholders across our state have worked tirelessly night and day in pursuit of one objective to reopen our school buildings safely for our students, teachers and staff. Today we take another critical step towards that goal. My colleagues and I on the board have a range of perspectives about which reopening plan is best, not unlike the citizens that we serve with some favoring plan, see others A and still others be. But we all agree that the best place for our students to learn and our teachers to teach is in our safe North Carolina public schools, and a key step to get there is for all of us, since we all have a vested interest in our Children's education to do all that we can to slow the spread of this virus in order to make our communities safer and therefore our school safer for all of our students, teachers and staff. I worry every day about our students safety and equally so. I worry about our teachers and staff, particularly those who are vulnerable or who are caring for members of their family who are vulnerable. Regardless of how we feel about how this about this virus or how tired we may be about how it has disrupted our lives. Our students, teachers and staff members need us to lead by wearing our mask, washing our hands and staying six feet apart so that they can return to school. Reducing spread is are critical next step, which includes to assure, as a state that all of our students and educators and school personnel are provided with the necessary personal protective equipment and supplies to maximize safety in our schools as plans for returning to school or implemented around the state. It's absolutely critical that our educators be fully involved in this process as it's executed. No one knows the intricacies and details of caring for and managing our students in our schools like our teachers, and their input and leadership in the process is essential to moving forward and creating a safe school environment. Our educators and all other school personnel have worked with sacrifice and courage throughout this pandemic, and we're grateful to you and thank them for their container. Continued leadership over the past few months, the General Assembly governor and state board have sent over $390 million in Cove in 19 relief funds to our schools to prepare for reopening funds that will be used for personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies and other badly needed resource is to keep our schools safe. We're grateful for this support. However our schools needs far exceed this funding. What we will continue to work with the General Assembly for additional state funding. The federal government, with its vast resource is must also step up and close the gap between decreasing state revenues and the increased supports needed to keep our students and teachers safe throughout the year. Finally, I want to thank our superintendents in all education leaders for developing fault full, thorough reopening plans, despite their often being more questions and answers their creativity, innovation and determination to do what is in our students best interest while caring for our teachers and staff is evident in these plans. For example, Durham, Winston Salem for Saif and Robinson County schools all make it a priority to bring elementary students into our buildings while relying more on remote instruction for high school students. similarly district's across our state. Every district is providing a remote option for parents who see that is the best approach for their Children. While we do not know what events await us in the coming year were beyond, we do know that we are made of the same metal as previous generations who overcame war, economic depression and plagues. We North Carolinians do our finest work in the most uncertain and challenging times. And by rising to this challenge, we will reveal our true character and teach our Children that they, too, can overcome like those seven majestic light houses that grace our state shores. Let's light the way forward for our Children so that they can return to school and become the future of North Carolina. Thank you. Thank you, Chairman Davis, I want to thank you and the school board for your work. And now we have one more guest, Dr Theresa Flynn, a practicing pediatrician who serves on the board of directors for the North Carolina Pediatric Society. Dr. Flynn. Thank you, Governor. When a car this so a lot of thought at the race offline when I pay the Atra trabajando ackee and Raleigh para Los Ninos Deborah Schooler. I am a whore opcion parappa in there is assist Ear Alaska Wailer, Part of a severe instruction directamente They lost my Astros. It can be beer concerts. Combine Eros, Alevis, Americanos, a mosque, ai familias, Amass Alto Riesco. The Olympics on the Cove It algunos father is played in the seedier mountain air Soc hosting Cassa. But I asked us familias recommendation most closest Fritos or freezing instruction on your polio's, then throw their like Asa. My name is Teresa Flynn. I am a practicing pediatrician here in Wake County, member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and I served on the board of the state chapter of the AP The North Carolina Pediatric Society. Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics released guidance on reopening schools. The AP states a clear goal of having students physically present in school. The A A P stresses that this should happen with careful measures to keep students and staff safe and with flexibility to adapt as needed to the communities. Prevalence of Cove in 19 The leadership of the North Carolina Pediatric Society agrees. We must use the evidence and research. We have to make the best decision for our Children and our communities when it comes to reopening schools. We've had some good news so far in the data around Children and coded. What we have seen so far is that Children are less likely to get Cove in 19 less likely to spread cove at 19 and less likely to have severe illness. That is good news. We also know that most students learn best in person in that schools offer many social and health benefits. Kids who are in school are more likely to reach learning goals and to complete their education. They also learned social and emotional skills, get healthy meals and exercise, and may receive mental health support and other services. Beyond supporting educational development, schools play a critical role in addressing racial and social inequity. The goal of in person education is the right one. The decision of when and how to reopen must be made with the best information in hand and the best interests of Children and communities in mind. While the a AP guideline recommends in person education be available, it also recognizes that Cove in 19 remains a very riel active threat to health and that decisions need to consider many factors, including the level of circulating virus. We applaud that school and health leaders have been working together to balance the health benefits of in person education with the risks of cove it in our communities and have developed a plan that has health and safety requirements and recommendations to reduce those risks. Thank you very much, Dr Flynn. We appreciate all of our pediatricians and other health care workers who continue to keep our families healthy in the face of this global pandemic. Also with us today, it's our secretary of public safety, Eric Cooks, and our director of emergency management, Mike Spray Berry, Karen Magoon and Brian Tipton, or our sign language interpreters. And behind the scenes Jackie and Jasmine Motive Ear. Our Spanish language interpreters will now take questions from our reporters. And if you can give your name and your organization will take the first question, Our first question is from Lynn Bonner with The News and Observer. Thank you for taking my question, Governor Will. Your decision allows schools to open with only online instruction, and if so, doesn't that run contrary to the recently task state law that says the first week. Construction must be in person. First, we encourage our schools to open under Plan B, which is a balance between in person instructions with safety, total protocol and remote learning. We have provided an option for school districts to choose Plan C, which is all remote learning. And we're We're pushing all school districts to have the option of allowing parents to choose Plan C remote learning for their students, particularly if their student is high risk. We have a letter from the Department of Justice from the Attorney General's office stating that what we have done here is in compliance with the law overall, that the General Assembly has recognized that there could be emergency situations where students would need to be out of school and in remote learning. So this plan is in compliance with the law. Next question, please. Our next question is from Page Barroso with WBTV, I had a pain for all our problems. Wbtv Thanks for taking question. What is the recommendation from the state for contingency plans when it comes into schools, they choose in person learning and a teacher or a student shows symptoms or cast positives in a classroom will buildings need to be closed. Will cost rooms need to be closed? What's the plan or the guidance that you guys are going to get to school district for that situation? We certainly hope that when we go into in person learning for students and teachers in the school building that we can slow the spread and prevent as much bread as possible. But there certainly the anticipation that at some point a student or a teacher could test positive for covet. And there are health guidelines with specific protocols that determine what schools are supposed to do. And I'll let Dr Cohen address that. Thank you, Governor. Yes, that's exactly right is that we have sent very detailed protocols to our schools to help them with a range of scenarios, as as you heard from the governor earlier. One of the requirements going back to in person learning is about screening every single day students who return Teoh to the school building. So things maybe get picked up on that screening. We may hear of a teacher or a student who is positive. You may hear an exposure, so there's a lot of different scenarios and we have very detailed protocols based on whatever scenario that might be, I will say that the most important is for schools to get in touch with their local health department and work together, because the different plans and protocols are going to need to be tailored to the particular situation that they're in. But there are lots of detailed protocols. And of course, we're going to make sure that we're watching the science and the data and evolving. If there are any changes that will be needed to those particles, thank you. Next question. Police. Our next question is from Brian Anderson with The Associated Press Hi Governor Brian Anderson here with the Associated Press. Thank you so much for the accessibility and taking the time to speak with us reporters here I had two questions for you. One is what's regard toe the threat from the Trump administration to withhold federal funds. I know that might be around 10% of the funds you might expect, Uh, but still sizable pot. Do you have any idea what financial resource is might be limited from the federal government because of your decision not to go with Plan A and also with less than 28 days to go before UNC and N. C. State reopen. Are you going to apply the same standards to colleges as well for a Plan B? Thank you. Number one we don't respond to. Those kind of threats were making decisions on the health and safety of our students, our teachers and our families and the best way to get them a quality education. Secondly, our health officials are talking with higher education leaders, and those decisions are going to be made by those higher education leaders soon after consultation with our health officials. There is a different situation with higher education because there are people living on the campus and I don't know, Doctor, go on. If you would want to say a word about that, you can sure just briefly to say that our department has been working collaboratively with the Institutes of Higher Education on be making sure that they are preparing. And yes, as the governor mentioned, there are both in person education protocols that we need to work through as well as congregate living dormitory typesetting. So we're still working through that guidance together and getting feedback from our higher higher ed stakeholders and will be putting out some additional guidance soon. Thank you. Thank you. Next question, please. Our next question is from Drew Wilson with the Wilson time. Yes. Thank you, Governor. Um, the average daily membership numbers for many school districts are likely to be down to to the families pulling their students out of school, changing schools or home schooling. A T M's are critical for districts to obtain funding. Has the administration considered freezing the ADM statistics for the 2020 21 school year so that the district's don't lose funds and have to cut programs and lay off teachers? Well, first, we know that opening our schools under a Plan B is gonna cost our schools mawr and not less. In addition, the state needs to do a lot better with salaries for our teachers and our school support personnel. I want to work with the General Assembly, whether it's through average daily membership, whether it's through additional salary increases, whether it's additional money to help the schools deal with all these protocols. There were that we're asking them to do. We were going to have to invest mawr. We know the General Assembly is coming back in less than two months, the first of September. We hope to have a federal congressional package die then that would have some additional support for education. And the A D M can be one of a number of issues that we're looking at in order to be able to provide our public schools with the resource is that they need thanks. Next question. Our next question is from Aandahl Helm with W F a. Good afternoon. Thanks for talking with us. Uh, what do we know about the availability of teachers and other employees? How many of them have voiced willingness to come back in person? Because we're certainly seeing and hearing a lot of fear and concern from people who don't think it's safe to go back. Yet we know that there are some teachers who fall in the high risk category. We're encouraging local school districts to work with those teachers. We don't want to put teachers and a high school high risk category at risk. I think that there's definitely going to be remote learning going on in a Plan B, whether it's one of the school district would choose whether it's a part of the Plan B, whether it's one that parents would choose. So we know that we're gonna have to have teachers who are engaged in remote learning. So we want to respond to those concerns of teachers. We also have a lot of teachers who were eager and ready to go even in these difficult circumstances, to get back into the classroom with their Children and to educate them, particularly our teachers who are dealing with Children with disabilities who have certainly missed out on in person instruction. These teachers have a lot on them when they're going back. They have a lot on them. Anyway. Last night I took some time to go through what I thought from everything that I've learned about all this. What would be a school day for a teacher going back to school under these search circumstances with surrounded by the pandemic? It's tough a lot of additional things that teachers are gonna have to deal with. But I have faith in North Carolina's teachers. We want them to know that we were gonna back them up, and we certainly don't want to put anybody in danger not going. If you would want. She's good with that. Thanks. Next question. Please follow up and all towns. W f A. I just wanted to see Do you have any numbers about the number or percentage of teachers who have indicated that they will not come back in person and or for employees who might not have remote options like bus drivers or cafeteria staff? It just seems possible, and even likely that there will be shortages of schools open. It's certainly a concern, and I don't know if Chairman Davis or Dr Cohen would have any numbers. Chairman Davis, would you want to comment on that? Thank you, Governor. Each school district is conducting surveys and interviews and conversations with their staff, particularly following that today's announcement. Teoh determine the individual needs of members of their staff and, uh, to respond to those needs and to ensure that our schools are appropriately staffed. We certainly anticipate that some teachers and staff members will not be able to return to school for a variety of reasons where all others is. The governor mentioned are energetically awaiting the day that they can get back with their students and move forward. So we're confident in the work that our districts have underway to care for the needs of our staff and teachers, and we will continue to send them the support and the assistance that they need, including revised policies or other things needed to meet the needs of our teachers. Thank you An hour. Reiterate that we're encouraging strongly local superintendents and principals to meet with teachers and school support staff to get there in but input to hear their concerns. Way put this basic Plan B and Plan C forward. But there are a lot of is there's a lot of individual tailoring that needs to be done for these individual school districts. And having that input from teachers and staff is just gonna be critical in the success. Next question, please. Our next question is in Travis being with wre Oh yes, Thank you. Crevice with WRL I'm interested. Uh, can you walk me through the decision not to buy for Kate or even triplicate this between high school middle and elementary school? Given that older students are more likely to be able to transmit this virus uh, then the younger students Why? Why one policy for all three types of schools? We've left some of this decision making to local school districts, and many of them have already started the process just like you mentioned. Knowing that older students are more likely to contract the virus and are more likely to spread it. Some of the district's have concentrated most of their in person planning for the elementary students and most of the remote learning for their high school students. So there is a recognition of that, both in the plans that we proposed and plans that are being adopted by local school district's. Okay, that question Police follow up, Travis ng W R E o. Yes, thank you. I know. Uh, Secretary Cohen, you said that there is some lengthy protocols, but I wonder if you could walk us through just a little bit of what you would expect the happen. Ah, when a student test positive what you would expect to happen in that classroom going forward. Thanks, Travis. So again, did the student test positive and were they out of school for a number of days, we would do what we would do now at first related to someone being positive. We would work on contact tracing and understanding what are there close contacts. Um, if it was an elementary school, it's likely that they would have been cohort ID and would have been with the same number of students and one teacher throughout the day and would have only been, you know, come into contact with those students. And in that case, right, we would be doing contact tracing, alerting those folks who were the close contacts again more than 10 minutes six feet apart, less than six feet apart from those folks and then telling those others that they have been exposed, that they need to go get testing. Um, And then we'd work with folks on some cleaning protocols that are outlined their on and on and then making sure that folks are getting in touch with the local health department to tailor that situation. Um, it doesn't mean immediately that the school needs to close. They may want to go beyond our protocols and do that again. It depends on the situation. What? It was the age of the kid. How are those contacts arrived at? So again, we don't want to have a one size fits all. We really do need to tailor to what the situation is, what kind of student? How long were they in school, what were their contacts? And that's why we really need local health department involved in each one of those situations. But we do want to make sure that we're tracing contacts, alerting folks, getting them tested, getting folks quarantine, just like we would do with other types of positive that we would see in other settings. Thank you. Thanks. Next question, please. Our next question is from Derek Gallinger with Fox 46. Thank you for taking my question. It's a direct challenge with Fox. 46 in Charlotte actually have two questions. One revolves around high school sports and extracurricular activities. I know that North Carolina High School Athletic Association they have not really taken any action yet in regards to how this coming sports season is going to be managed. So there's a question there is to that, and the guidance to would probably give not only the school but also to the High School Athletic Association. The second question revolves around something that was enacted over the weekend down in South Carolina, the governor limiting restaurants from selling alcohol after 11 PM We know this is something that is being considered in Mecklenburg County has already been implemented in another way in Orange County. Help spread among young people getting covered 19 particularly the 21 to 30 year age group. Is this something that is being considered in any way, shape and form statewide? Thank you. The North Carolina High School Athletic Association will be making the decisions about high school sports and what they're going to engage in. I love all sports and enjoyed playing them in high school, and I know a lot of our student athletes Children want to get back into playing sports. They will. The association will be consulting with public health experts, including our staff here at the Department of Health and Human Services, and it's my understanding that they will make it be making specific decisions a little bit later on in the process. As to the no alcohol after 10 o'clock, I think that this can be a good idea for some communities and certainly wouldn't encourage local governments if they believe that this will help slow the spread in their communities and particularly some of these college towns, places where a lot of people are coming back, then. Certainly, we want those local governments to make those decisions. And certainly all of those decisions from a statewide basis are on the table for us to consider. But the first thing we do is we look at our numbers are trends are indicators that we always look at. We look at where we see the spread happening and we make decisions based on the evidence and the facts. And before we would make that kind of decision statewide, we would go through that process. Thanks. Next question, please. Our next question is from Alex Granados with Education and See Hi Governor, in reference to the masks providing students, teachers and staff. Is that going to be five each week for all of them? And is that going to be sufficient, particularly in the lower grades, like elementary school, where students might get more than one basket back? Eso Thanks for that question. First, there are five reusable, washable masks, so their mask that Children and staff and teachers can continue to use and this will be at least five were hoping more money will come. We understand that Mawr supplies will be needed. We know that local school systems will be able to buy their own. And there's money in their budgets to be ableto by their own. Their vendors that are ready to sell were encouraging businesses to try and donate mass to schools to try to help them out. Just a zey would other school supplies. So we want to make sure that our schools have sufficient personal protective equipment. And this is sort of, ah, get you started that something that you can can use to make sure that everybody's protected anything would. You won't add to that. Okay, thanks. Next question. Police. Our last question today will be from Richard Craver with the Winston Salem Journal. What? Well, Governor, this is Richard Craver with the Winston Salem Journal. I have, ah, two part question for in with, First of all, when it comes to the face to obviously being overshadowed a little bit today because of the decision on the schools. But what kind of deliberation did you use in terms of internal within North Carolina and then looking at other states in terms of deciding to go ahead and continue to Paul's? And then I guess, what are you saying to those businesses that are being affected by the extension of the policy way have concerned about our businesses throughout North Carolina and want to get everything going as quickly as we possibly can. But we also know that we have to slow the spread of the virus. We see what's happening in other states. Many of their hospitals are being overwhelmed. And although we don't have that yet in North Carolina, we have seen a steady upward rise in numbers of cases, a steady upward rise and hospitalizations. We have continued to see more people presenting to the emergency department with covert like symptoms and that that's on the rise. And so those numbers continue to be concerning. And we don't want to start easing restrictions and moving ahead and our phases with those numbers, like like they are right now on Dr Cohen. Would you want to add anything to that? I think she's got it. Okay, we thank you all for being with us today and police stay healthy and safe. Thank you.