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Educators, Parents, Students Discuss Concerns About Reopening In Virtual Town Hall

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Communities in Schools site supervisor Max Davidson awaits a video teleconference with a student.

Safety first. That was the focal point of a Wednesday night virtual town hall where more than 300 educators, parents and community members discussed concerns about reopening schools in New Orleans as the coronavirus — which closed schools for three months in the spring — is on the rise again in Louisiana.

Hosted by a collective of advocacy organizations, the gathering focused on school safety and what that means for students, families and all school employees. The six organizations — Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools, called “Rethink,” Friends and Families of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children (FFLIC), StepUp Louisiana, Familias Unidas En Acción, OPEN NOLA and United Teachers of New Orleans — were asked to provide answers to two questions.

“Is it really safe to reopen schools? What does safety in schools mean for your organization?” UTNO member Adrienne Dixson asked.

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