Back to School Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic - TODAY, Monday, August 17 at 11:00 a.m.

We apologize for the short notice, but we just got information that local public policy nonprofit The Brookings Institute is holding a FREE webinar on issues related to the ongoing pandemic and schools TODAY, Monday, August 17, starting at 11:00 a.m.

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Session description:

As the spread of the coronavirus persists throughout the U.S., educators, parents, and students have received inconsistent and sometimes conflicting information about plans for continuing education for the upcoming school year. Pressure from the federal government to reopen schools for in-person learning amid the continuing pandemic has sparked conflict as it potentially threatens the physical health of students, teachers and staff, in addition to undermining public health efforts. Do students' rights to public education require in-person instruction? How does remote instruction compare against live instruction and what are the expected impacts on student equity? How long can public health mandates trump students' (and parents') needs? How are school districts approaching reopening for the fall and beyond, and how are they attempting to balance these conflicting priorities?

 On August 17,  the Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings will host a webinar examining the implications of reopening schools for both in-person and online instruction. As local government officials and school districts prepare for the upcoming school year, speakers will discuss federal and state-level responses of support in education amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

Viewers may submit questions for speakers by emailing [email protected] or on Twitter - be sure to tag @BrookingsEdu and use the hashtag #COVIDReopening.


  • Moderator: Michael Hansen, Senior Fellow, Herman and George R. Brown Chair and Director, Brown Center on Education Policy, The Brookings Institution
  • Robin Lake, Director, Center on Reinventing Public Education
  • Kimberly J. Robinson, Elizabeth D. and Richard A. Merrill Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Aaron C. Spence, Superintendent, Virginia Beach City Public Schools