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COVID-19: Back to School Concerns (2020)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2020-08-14

Duration: 00:05:01

Subjects: COVID-19 pandemic | Coronaviruses | Public health | Education


  • Williams, Natasha Host
  • Crews, Keith Editor
  • Hawkins, David Interviewee
  • Dangerfield, Jennifer Interviewee


This segment from the August 14, 2020, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Natasha Williams’ report on the concerns about the start of the K-12 school year in the midst of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. She interviews David Hawkins, a parent and teacher in Jefferson Parish, who discusses his concerns about the health and learning of his children and students. She also interviews Jennifer Dangerfield, a parent and paraprofessional in East Baton Rouge Parish, who discusses her view that the school year should have been pushed back after Labor Day to give teachers more time to prepare for virtual learning and her fears about the health and well-being of the students and their families.