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Students Share Insights and Advice for School Leaders, Policymakers for Coronavirus Reopening in Virtual Town Hall

The 74 Million |

Hundreds from across the country gathered in a virtual town hall on Aug. 26 to partake in a student discussion of reopening schools amid the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing movement for racial justice.

Questions addressed included:

  • What are young people thinking and feeling about starting the year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic after a spring of disrupted learning?
  • How have the pandemic and school closures exacerbated racial tensions and created greater urgency for addressing racism in school?
  • What advice can young people share with school leaders in this unprecedented moment?

Fifty-three percent of students who participated in The 74’s Virtual Youth Town Hall reported that their schools have not sought their opinions on reopening while 70 percent of students and adults at the Aug. 26 online forum said their school is not ready for the new academic year.