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With Recent COVID Cases In Houston Schools, What Can We Do To Keep Students And Teachers Safe?

Experts discuss COVID school safety and impact on the community, plus teachers call in to share their perspective.

Elementary school age boy wears a mask and logs onto his online class on a laptop.
HISD resumed face-to-face instruction on Oct. 19 for families who didn’t opt out.

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Schools continue to reopen, as the community continues to deal with COVID. For example, Houston Independent School District faced confirmed and presumed COVID cases within its first days of in-person instruction this week.

What can we learn from this? What is the impact on the community? And what can we should be aware of to keep our children – and each other – safe as the school year marches on?

In this episode, medical experts from the state and local level, as well as a representative from the Houston teachers’ union, discuss their takeaways and recommendations. Listeners, including several teachers, also call in to share their concerns and experiences.

Guests are:

*This episode aired live on Wednesday, Oct. 21.

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While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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