Despite CDC Warning, Governor Evers Closes All Wisconsin Schools

Ugh. All of the disruption… all of the expense to families… all of the missed work… for something that is more likely to make the problem worse than better. Stupid government.

Gov. Tony Evers on Friday ordered the state Department of Health Services to close all K-12 schools, public and private, as part of the state’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin.

The shutdown will begin Wednesday and run through April 5, though it could be extended, Evers’ office said in a statement.

“Closing our schools is not a decision I made lightly, but keeping our kids, our educators, our families, and our communities safe is a top priority as we continue our work to respond to and prevent further spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin,” Evers said.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance on closings and cancellations for schools. It said schools, working with local health departments, have an important role in slowing the spread of diseases and that all decisions on closures should be made at the local level.

Among the factors to be considered, it said, are whether there is an infected person in the school or community and whether staff or students have traveled to high-risk areas.

But, it said, closing schools early in the spread of disease for a short time — for example two weeks — “will be unlikely to stem the spread of disease or prevent impact on the health care system, while causing significant disruption for families, schools and health care workers.”

In addition it said it may increase the impact on older adults who are enlisted to take care of children kept home from school.

Here is the actual CDC guidance:

Available modeling data indicate that early, short to medium closures do not impact the epi curve of COVID-19 or available health care measures (e.g., hospitalizations). There may be some impact of much longer closures (8 weeks, 20 weeks) further into community spread, but that modelling also shows that other mitigation efforts (e.g., handwashing, home isolation) have more impact on both spread of disease and health care measures. In other countries, those places who closed school (e.g., Hong Kong) have not had more success in reducing spread than those that did not (e.g., Singapore)

51 Responses to Despite CDC Warning, Governor Evers Closes All Wisconsin Schools

  1. Kevin Scheunemann says:

    Agreed.

    Stupid overreaction.

    I fear the precedent this sets.  Are we going to abandon life whenever someone makes a big deal about some possible disease in a foreign land?

    The public official panic and media hysteria is worse that the disease.

  2. dad29 says:

    Just yesterday an MPS official made the case for the schools remaining open–in their case, because a substantial number of students get their meals from school, not home.

    This will be a mess.

  3. Mar says:

    So, instead of trusting local school officials, Evers has decided to close all of them by himself. So, it must be the same conditions in Ashland, Westfield, the Amish communities, Milwaukee and Madison.
    Evers is a complete moron.

  4. Merlin says:

    Evers claims to have not made the decision lightly. I believe him. Probably fair to claim it wasn’t Evers who made the decision at all. So late in the afternoon. On a Friday.

  5. Mar says:

    Since Evers is doing stupid things. Here is another suggestion:
    We should ban cash. Cash is transferred from person and it puts cashiers at risk as well.
    Since we cannot take chances of people spreading the virus, we need to ban cash.

  6. Kevin Scheunemann says:

    Silence from our local libs about taking away “local control”.

    Awful. Just awful.

  7. Mike says:

    Teacher’s union probably wanted some time off.

  8. Le Roi du Nord says:

    I don’t know about schools down your way, but our local school districts were in constant contact with DPI and CESA.

  9. Kevin Scheunemann says:

    Nord,

    That is not a denouncement of Evers taking away local decision control.

     

  10. Mar says:

    Le Roi, that was the smart thing to do with your schools.
    But Evers took their choice away from them.
    With 1 broad brush, he just screwed up things for schools, families, employees and the their communities.
    He is a complete idiot.

  11. Jason says:

    >I don’t know about schools down your way, but our local school districts were in constant contact with DPI and CESA.

    Which is not anything even close to “local control” that you spent all of Walker’s governorship lamenting the loss off.  Congrats on being the largest and most transparent hypocrite to visit this website.  Your mommy is proud of you.

  12. Le Roi du Nord says:

    So a decision by Evers, done in coordination with health professionals, CESA and local boards, for the sake of human health and welfare is bad, but the 100+ actions by walker to diminish local control is ok. You guys are top of the line hypocrites. Carry on.

  13. Jason says:

    So, you’re sitting there trying to tell us that Evers worked in “coordination” with 446 school boards?  Lets not forget every private school in the state?

     

    >health professionals  

     

    You mean the ones like the CDC that said “Dont close public schools”?  Owen linked to it, you’re ignoring it just to make momma proud.   PASS.

  14. Kevin Scheunemann says:

    Nord,

    You ripped Walker any chance you got on this local control issue. Now you let Evers get away with it without a peep.

    Hypocrite.

  15. Le Roi du Nord says:

    No j, there is no telling you anything . Be a waste of time for anyone to try.

  16. Kevin Scheunemann says:

    Oh Nord,

    You are against local control on huge issues when your crazy guy is in charge.

    That makes you a hypocrite on the issue.

    Walker never did anything this extreme. Now there is precedent, everytime someone sneezes and liberal media gets worked up into crazy hysterics..

    Awful. Just awful.

  17. Mar says:

    Le ROI, please inform me. When was there a real or made up emergency, did Governor Walker make a decision by himself that literally affected everyone in the State?

  18. Le Roi du Nord says:

    mar:

    Read thru the thread again.  I didn’t say anything about any emergency.  But he did sign 100+ bills in his reign that took away or restricted local control.

  19. Kevin Scheunemann says:

    Hypocrite.

     

  20. jjf says:

    Wait, I thought Walker dropped a bomb.

  21. Mar says:

    “So a decision by Evers, done in coordination with health professionals, CESA and local boards, for the sake of human health and welfare is bad, but the 100+ actions by walker to diminish local control is ok. You guys are top of the line hypocrites. Carry on.”
    You’re getting senile Le Roi.
    When did Walker do something like this in his career?
    And Walker signed the Bill’s, he did with the support of the legislature. He didnt do it unilaterally.
    Maybe you do have the virus, Le Roi, your getting delusional.

  22. Le Roi du Nord says:

    mar and k:

    I didn’t say anything about any emergency, but walker did say “we are broke” (we weren’t) and jammed Act 10 through without any previous discussion during the campaign. And walker could have vetoed any and all of those bills to restrict local control.

    And Evers made a decision after consultation with the health professionals school districts and the feds.  Far from a unilateral move.

  23. dad29 says:

    jammed Act 10 through without any previous discussion during the campaign.

    OMG!!  He actually did that without prior permission from the unions–who were stealing the capital of the State and her citizens.

  24. jjf says:

    Dropped the bomb, that’s the way to treat the citizens and show the donor you mean Bidness!  And then there’s the way the WisGOP tried to gut the open records law.

  25. Mar says:

    Le ROI just admit you lost another argument making you 0-forever. But you did keep up you perfect streak of never being right.

  26. Le Roi du Nord says:

    mar:

    Nah, I’ll stick to reality.  I’ll let you rule the fantasy world forever.

  27. Pat says:

    The store shelves these days look a lot like the store shelves in Venezuela.

  28. Kevin Scheunemann says:

    Pat,

    But unlike leftist, socialist Venezuela, we have good, awesome capitalists restocking like mad to serve all to meet the need.

    All socialist do is sit around and do nothing in Venezuela while people starve and you make light of their awful evil with comments like that.

    Capitalism is awesome!

  29. Mar says:

    In our county in Arizona, we have had no one catch the virus but in the city I live in all the water, toilet paper, baby wipes,paper towels, hand sanitizer, most medicines, most cleaning supplies and rice are out of stock.
    Bunch snowflakes in a very conservative area of the nation.

  30. Jason says:

    >The store shelves these days look a lot like the store shelves in Venezuela.

    Let us know if they’re like that in 6 months, callous Pat. You’re incapable of thought.

  31. jjf says:

    >we have had no one catch the virus but in the city

    That you know of at this point.  Ain’t over yet.

  32. Pat says:

    Juvenile Jason,

    I stated what the shelves looked like. I didn’t say they were going to be that way long term.
    Get a grip child!

  33. Jason says:

    >I stated what the shelves looked like. I didn’t say they were going to be that way long term.

     

    Oh so you didn’t have a point when you stated that.  Good to know Pointless Pat.

  34. Pat says:

    Juvenile Jason,

    The point was, the store shelves these days look a lot like the store shelves in Venezuela.
    What ever else you want to deduce from that statement is completely up what ever voices are rattling around in your juvenile brain.

  35. Jason says:

    Awwww your point wasnt a point after all. Nice of you to make light of a long duration shortage of supplies and goods that are leaving a population starving and dying… Pussy Pat.

  36. Pat says:

    Juvenile Jason,

    Don’t be such a snowflake.

  37. Le Roi du Nord says:

    mar:

    Looks like the conservative AZ snowflakes are just as upset by the continued confusing and contradictory statements by 45 and are taking matters into their own hands. Their leader is failing them at a critical moment, and panic sets in.

  38. Jason says:

    Pussy Pat, That’s being a snowflake? I thought your team was the hyper-sensitive group that has weaponized acting offended at everything from red hats to public mention of the word America to gender bending non-binary designations.

    Go ahead and make jokes while good people starve and die due to bad government.

  39. Mar says:

    Pat, the shelves, even in their worse state, is no where close to being like Venezuela. In Venezuela, they are completely bare and people have to go dumpster diving or worse.

  40. Mar says:

    Le Roi, those people hoarding either think President Trump is a liberal or they are meth induced tweakers.

  41. Le Roi du Nord says:

    mar:

    Since you have no clue as to why your conservative AZ snowflakes are hoarding you resort to ad hominem attacks. Mighty mature of you.

  42. Mar says:

    Le ROI, since you don’t know the demographics of our city shows once again how uneducated you are.
    Since you don’t meet the members of the public in my city like I do shows how clueless you are.
    Since you don’t shop in my city and you don’t see the things I see, shows you are just ignorant.
    What a trifecta you are: uneducated, clueless and ignorant. You must be so proud of yourself.

  43. Jason says:

    Oh no, Leroy knows everything, just ask him.

  44. Pat says:

    Juvenile Jason asked, “ That’s being a snowflake?”

    Yup!

  45. dad29 says:

    The store shelves these days look a lot like the store shelves in Venezuela.

    Yup.  But in Venezuela, it’s permanent, and didn’t require a national emergency to get there.  Just the Socialist/Communist Gummint!!

    Like Bernie’s or Biden’s dream……….

  46. Kevin Scheunemann says:

    Amazon also seems to have almost everything available in some brand/capacity.

    So chill out Pat.

    Capitalism works, if leftists stop wrecking it.

     

  47. Jason says:

    >But in Venezuela, it’s permanent, and didn’t require a national emergency to get there.  Just the Socialist/Communist Gummint!!

     

    Dumdum can’t grasp that concept.  Pat really thinks the point is valid.  Poor Pat.

  48. Pat says:

    I never knew drawing a comparison in the “appearance” of empty shelves would make people so irate.

  49. Jason says:

    No one is irate Pass Pat. We are just trying to be as anal on ensuring you dont spread false facts abd alternative realities as Leroy. Sorry, hes your conjoined twin, maybe he can explain it to you.

  50. Pat says:

    Juvenile Jason,

    What is the false fact?

  51. Le Roi du Nord says:

    Hmmm, “false facts”.  Kinda like jumbo shrimp, eh?

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