Note: This interview includes a prologue to address racial realities in America (recorded date: June 15, 2020). COVID-19 has upended all of our lives in the last few months. Within the last few weeks, the publicized deaths of Black cis and trans women and men across the country have left our school communities traumatized and grieving.

Ensuring the safety of all individuals during reopening is not the only concern we have as a community. Schools and districts have to consider a myriad of issues as they plan. Jewel Forbes, MA/PPS and Arturo Valdez shed some light on Los Angeles County's planning efforts around reopening schools.

Recorded date: May 28, 2020


  • List strategies to consider in reopening schools as outlined by the Los Angeles County Office of Education
  • Describe ways teachers can convey reassurance and confidence to students during reopening
  • Define ways to support the successful reopening of schools