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Inslee's decision to close schools for COVID-19 caused harm

Gov. Jay Inslee responded to the national COVID-19 health crisis by closing the public schools in Washington state to in-person instruction from March 2020 to September 2021 and allowing them to reopen sporadically the fall of 2021. The governor also mandated the use of masks and other face coverings and implemented social distancing rules in daycares and schools from March 2020 to March 2022.

We are now learning that two years of these strict policies have imposed long-term harm on the 1.1 million students attending Washington’s public schools and have limited their opportunities in life.



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