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Daily Update from Alyssa

April 15, 2020 by Alyssa Lynch 0 comments

Hi Everyone,

Congratulations and thank you, we have raised $830.00 which is 83% of our goal for providing 2,000 meals through the Second Harvest Food Bank for families in our community. I am certain we will raise the additional 17% to meet our goal of raising $1,000.00 for the Food Bank.
Yesterday was a big news day. Both Dr. Sara Cody and Governor Newsom released new information. Dr. Sara Cody is the Director of Santa Clara County Public Health Department. I highly recommend listening to the link above which is her press conference. She paints a good picture of where we are with COVID-19. She states it is complex and we need a vaccine. The big questions have been, when will we return to normal and what will the future look like for everyone. Both Dr. Sara Cody and Governor Newsom provided guidelines in their press conferences. There also has been talk of what schools might look like in the Fall and that will be rolled out in the future as well.

When and how we move into the next phase of this crisis was the subject of Governor Newsom’s press conference yesterday. In both the local and state assessments of the situation, it was made clear that our public health orders will not be lifted all at once. In his remarks, the Governor referred to this process as tuning a toggle rather than flipping a light switch. We will need to make adjustments and readjustments as things progress. He identified six key indicators that will guide California’s modification of stay-at-home orders. He emphasized that decisions will be science-based and data-driven. He also reminded us that each region in California is unique, and that the ultimate decisions will be made by local health officials. These indicators represent the floor of expectations that must be met in the state before we can move onto other strategies.

The good news continues to be that our current interventions seem to be working. We have to continue to move forward thoughtfully.  As Dr. Cody said on yesterday's phone call, each decision we make affects health outcomes, the economy, and more. There are many trade-offs that must be considered. This is a marathon, and we are still at the beginning. If you have not been following my reports, Dr. Sara Cody is basically leading the country with recommendations so those of us in Silicon Valley are the beneficiaries and you can see New York has had a very different situation. You can view the Governors update each day at noon on channel 2. Stay well. -- Alyssa

Alyssa Lynch

This article was written by Alyssa Lynch, Superintendent at Metropolitan Education District, which operates Silicon Valley Career Technical Education and Silicon Valley Adult Education. She has been a critical voice for Career Technical Education for 25 years.