Governor Roy Cooper and the Coronavirus Task Force addressed the public Wednesday, on the state's highest day yet of confirmed COVID-19 cases.

The governor was expected to make an announcement on the reopening of public schools, but now says that will come later. He says the team needs more time to review recent studies and get buy-in from education leaders.

Cooper suggests that school districts use this time to continue planning efforts, using the Strong Schools NC Public Health Toolkit that was released in June for guidance.

“Let me be clear. We want our schools open for in-person instruction in August,” said Cooper. “The classroom is the best place for children to learn. Recent reports recommend it, and I know many parents and children agree with this.”

The governor said that a two-month supply of medical-grade protective wear is being deployed to schools, and districts will now have the ability to order health and hygiene supplies via statewide contracts.

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