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Reopening Education (2020)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2020-07-22

Duration: 00:56:52

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Public health | COVID-19 pandemic | Coronaviruses | Education | HIGHER EDUCATION


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Erwin, Barry Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Johnson, Phyllis Interviewee
  • Temple, Olivette Panelist
  • Sonnier, Libbie Panelist
  • Bolton, Michael Panelist
  • Jackson, Lyndsey Speaker
  • Kennedy, William Interviewee
  • Brumley, Cade Panelist
  • Courville, Keith Panelist
  • Jackson, Earmer Panelist
  • Simmons, Kesha Panelist
  • Fergins, Dana Speaker
  • Langlois, Ali Speaker
  • Morgan, Lisa Speaker
  • Nguyen, Calli Interviewee
  • Deshotel, Caylee Interviewee
  • Reed, Kim Hunter Panelist
  • Sullivan, Monty Panelist
  • Lee, Tyson Panelist
  • Bailey, Olivia Speaker
  • Hopkins, Nick Speaker


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from July 22, 2020, features Barry Erwin leading a discussion with panelists answering viewer questions on the plans for reopening early learning centers, K-12 schools, and college and university campuses for the new school year in the midst of the COVID-19, or coronavirus, pandemic. The panelists are: Olivette Temple of the Childcare Association of Louisiana; Dr. Libbie Sonnier, the executive director of the Louisiana Policy Institute for Children; Dr. Michael Bolton of the Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital in Baton Rouge; Louisiana Superintendent of Education Dr. Cade Brumley; Dr. Keith Courville, the executive director of the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana; Earmer Jackson, an educator in East Baton Rouge Parish; Kesha Simmons, the president-elect of the Louisiana School Counselors Association; Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Kim Hunter Reed; Dr. Monty Sullivan, the president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System; and Tyson Lee, the student government president at LSU-Shreveport. This program also includes interviews with: Phyllis Johnson, the owner of A+ Daycare and Learning Center in Maurice; Superintendent William Kennedy of the Claiborne Parish Schools; Calli Nguyen, a junior at LSU; and Caylee Deshotel, a senior at LSU. The panelists discuss: the risks for children in spreading COVID-19; safety precautions for students; accommodating children with special needs; the Louisiana Department of Education’s minimum standards for safely reopening schools; teachers’ concerns; school transportation; the mental health needs of students; the hybrid model of virtual and in-person learning; enforcing mask mandates; the need for more Internet connectivity around the state; the plans for sports and extracurricular activities; and the concerns of college students. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Barry Erwin