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The National Dialogue on Safely Reopening America's Schools

Dr. Jeff Bearden, Superintendent of Forsyth County Schools, was invited to serve as a featured panelist at the National Dialogue on Safely Reopening America’s Schools at the White House on Tuesday, July 7, 2020.

He joined other K-12 educators, college/university representatives, students, and parents/guardians as they met with government and health officials, including Second Lady Karen Pence, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, and Ambassador Deborah Birx, to discuss plans relative to safely reopening schools.

“I was honored to represent the Forsyth County community and the state of Georgia at this important national discussion,” shared Dr. Bearden. “I had the opportunity to share our positive experiences with virtual learning this spring as well as the input provided by our parents/guardians, students, and staff that was used to create our guidelines for opening schools on August 6. I am confident that with our district’s Restart Forsyth plan, our talented and dedicated teachers and staff will be ready to lead our students, whether they select in-person learning at their schools or virtual learning from their homes, to ensure that all have the very best educational experience for 2020-21.”

A portion of the meeting is available on the White House YouTube channel with Dr. Bearden’s panel starting at 56:43.

Following the meeting and panel discussion, Dr. Bearden and other guests met for a round-table discussion with President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Second Lady Karen Pence. Video of this discussion begins at 46.00.