Reopening our Schools Online Discussion, 12-16-20

Reopening our Schools Online Discussion, 12-16-20

Balancing Risks and Benefits of School Closures and Reopenings During Covid 19

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Schools across Oregon closed at the beginning of the pandemic due to concerns around viral transmission. This fall, most schools in Oregon have been operating using virtual learning exclusively. Children are overall at low risk of having severe disease with COVID-19; however, there remain significant concerns around the health and safety of staff and teachers. This panel discussion will weigh the risks and benefits of reopening schools versus keeping them remote, using a public health lens to examine how children and families are impacted by remote school and how we can approach re-opening safely. Panelists include public health faculty and leaders in education from Portland and the State of Oregon.

Please Note: Because of the tremendous interest in the topic, the length of the event has been extended to two hours.  Audience members are encouraged to submit their questions in advance in order to help the panel address as many of your questions as possible.



  • Leslie Bienen, MFA, DVM, Pilot Project Coordinator for BUILD EXITO and faculty at Portland State University and PSU/OHSU School of Public Health
  • Panelists
  • Lora de la Cruz, M. Ed., PhD, Superintendent, Lake Oswego School District
  • Alex Foster, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health’s MPH and PhD Epidemiology programs and Pediatrician at Oregon Health & Science University
  • Colt Gill, M. Ed., Director of the Oregon Department of Education
  • Amy Kohnstamm, Board of Education, Portland Public Schools
  • Nathaniel Williams, Educator with Portland Public Schools, community leader, coach and father

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Date(s) - 12/16/2020
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

!Virtual Online Meeting!


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