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WATCH: A Buffalo Strong Conversation - Safely Back to School

Posted at 2:48 PM, Sep 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-02 20:33:35-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — This year, "back to school" season looks different than ever before for Western New York families.

7 Eyewitness News is committed to helping you and your family navigate a return to school during the COVID-19 pandemic, giving you the tools you need to get your child safely back to school-- whether it's remote, in-person, or a hybrid model.

In "Buffalo Strong Conversation: Safely Back to School," 7 Eyewitness News senior reporter Eileen Buckley led an hour-long discussion with parents, medical experts and school educators and administrators live from the Sweet Home school district.

Panelists included:

  • Dana Hensley, mother in the Williamsville school district
  • Dr. Steve Turkovich, Chief Medical Officer at Oishei Children's Hospital
  • Josh Seyse, Sweet Home student
  • Jackie Roberson, father in the Buffalo school district
  • Joe Cantafio, teacher in the West Seneca school district & NYSUT board member

Topics included how to notify parents of positive tests, concerns parents have about districts' reopening plans, health advice, and preparing kids to resume remote learning.

You can watch the hour-long special in full using the video player under the headline of this article.

For more information on how districts in Western New York are meeting New York State guidelines this school year, head to the Safely Back to School section of our website.