July 27, 2020
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Prep for upcoming school year with webinars from AWB and U.S. Chamber

What's ahead for children going back to school or learning from home is still uncertain -- and parents are left with major questions about child care or supervising their children learning from home.

The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education completed a 2020 Reopening Plan Template. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance for reopening schools. The guidance includes recommendations for preparing for a safe return to school and mitigation strategies to use when schools reopen, as well as guidance for parents and caregivers to help them decide when to go back to school. CDC Director Robert Redfield said the guidance was “put out with the intent to help facilitate the full reopening of schools or face to face learning.”

AWB will present a webinar, “Education in the era of COVID-19: The 2020/2021 school year,” on Aug. 5 at 10 a.m. It will include a discussion from the K-12 and post-secondary systems about plans for the upcoming school year, what parents need to do to prepare, and information businesses need to know as their employees grapple with these issues.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Governor’s Association will offer a webinar, "What America Needs to Get Back to Work," on Tuesday, July 28, at 11 a.m. Pacific time covering child care, access to broadband and workforce training.

For more information, contact AWB Government Affairs Director Amy Anderson.

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Prepare for Post-Pandemic Life

When the mills close, what's next?

By Mac Alexander Macdonald

What do communities do when their chief sources of income evaporate?

"Re-galvanize and reinvent," says Marc Abshire, executive director of the Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce. But what can we do as citizens to contribute to making this a place where industry wants to locate? What will people in the future want to purchase or acquire, and then how do we attract those companies, while nurturing the businesses we currently have? Complacency is not an option, and neither is hope alone.

For a company to partner with an area, it needs a ready and ample workforce. Are people being trained for the skills needed? Will enough housing be available? Will company executives and workers feel comfortable having their medical needs met? Will all employees feel comfortable having their kids educated in the local schools?

Robert Duvall's second famous line in the movie "Apocalypse Now" was, "Someday this war is going to end." Someday this pandemic will be over, so we need to prepare now. Communities like mine need to lay aside rivalries and attract passengers to their future train. It has been well quoted: When the time for action arrives, the time for preparation has passed.

Read the full guest column in The Seattle Times