Rotary Club of Milwaukee recently hosted Patricia Hoben, president and CEO of City Forward Collective, to discuss the challenges of re-opening schools in Milwaukee across their public, charter and Choice school systems. Hoben described the 8-page lonng re-opening checklist which was inspired by the bars and restaurant guidance. "The only thing that I wish is that, and all of us wish, is that we started it in May rather than late July or early August, so that schools could be truly ready to open," Hoben said. Hoben also addressed COVID-19 testing needs for Milwaukee City schools. "Those schools that are opening now...are not being required to test their staff or their students. I don't think there are enough tests available. My concern about it, and I think everybody's shared concern is 40 percent of positive cases are asymptomatic, and 50 percent of community spread...is through asymptomatic individuals, so if we are not testing our staff and students, then surely we are going to have some positive cases in schools and somebody will become symptomatic, but if they don't, we could have an outbreak in schools and not event know it."
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