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August 26, 2021

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,  

Next Wednesday, September 1st, is the first day of school for Seattle Public Schools.

As a former public school teacher – and as a parent and now a grandmother – I can scarcely imagine the stress parents are going through right now.  With the Delta variant raging, and still some unknowns about booster shots, we are all facing difficult decisions on a daily basis. I’m including below information and resources on 2021 school and child care questions during the pandemic.  Hang in there, parents!

In terms of the pandemic, we are in a rough situation here.  At a press conference yesterday, Dr. Umair Shah, Washington State Secretary of Health, said that the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Washington state is doubling every 18 to 19 days.

As you can read below, the COVID vaccines may be becoming slightly less effective at preventing infection, although they are still extremely effective in preventing serious illness and hospitalization. 

I also have to mention that I just learned that the U.S. Supreme Court has thrown out the Biden administration’s federal eviction moratorium.  We will be discussing renter protections and rental assistance in Monday’s e-newsletter. 

As always, I would like to hear from you. You can call me at 206-477-1004 or you can reach me by email at jeanne.kohl-welles@kingcounty.gov.   

All the best and I hope you are staying safe.