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Charlotte Talks: Still Have Back-To-School Questions? Us, Too


Thursday, July 30, 2020

As we approach the fall, students are preparing for school amid a pandemic. How will online education be different than last spring, how can it be done safely, and how will it impact learning in the short and long term?

Plans for public schools vary widely depending on the county, from two weeks in person followed by the remainder of the school year online, to a completely remote option, to a combination of both. Adding to the confusion, many school plans are being reworked as we speak.

Are teachers ready to teach online for the entire school year? Can teenagers, let alone elementary school students, successfully learn online? What sacrifices are parents willing to make for their children?

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in North Carolina, families and school leaders are making tough decisions on the risks of in-person versus online education. The scenarios are confusing and evolving quickly, but we’ll take your questions and speak to a panel with boots on the ground to navigate the murky waters of public education during a profoundly unusual school year.


Amanda Thompson, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools instructor and parent of an elementary school student in CMS

Yvette Townsend Ingram, a leader in the West Charlotte Education Think Tank and parent of a student at West Mecklenburg High School

Gabe Schuhl, Ardrey Kell High School student and elected student adviser on Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education

Dr. Jeff James, superintendent of Iredell-Statesville Schools

Boen Nutting, director of Communications and Development, Iredell-Statesville Schools

Jesse Steinmetz is Producer of Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. Before joining WFAE in 2019, he was an intern at WNPR in Hartford, Connecticut and hosted a show at Eastern Connecticut State University.