Virtual Forum On Islands Schools’ COVID Response

Posted February 18, 2021 at 5:30 am by

From San Juan Islands Com­mu­ni­ty Network

At 7 p.m., Feb. 23, San Juan Islands Com­mu­ni­ty Net­work will host its sec­ond vir­tu­al forum explor­ing how our islands’ schools are respond­ing to the health and edu­ca­tion­al chal­lenges posed by COVID-19.

Islanders can reg­is­ter for free at SJICN’s web­site:

Fea­tured forum pan­elists will include:

  • Amber Paul­son, Direc­tor of Kalei­do­scope Preschool & Child Care Center
  • Carl Bruner, Inter­im Super­in­ten­dent of Lopez Island School District
  • John Bogert, Board Chair of Shaw Island School District
  • Eric Webb, Super­in­ten­dent of Orcas Island School District
  • Fred Woods, Super­in­ten­dent of San Juan Island School District

Michael Solt­man, for­mer San Juan Island School Dis­trict Super­in­ten­dent, will once again serve as moderator.

At the forum on Feb. 23, islanders will be able to:

  • Hear direct­ly from our school lead­ers about cur­rent infor­ma­tion and rea­son­ing for deci­sions regard­ing school reopening
  • Learn about the influ­ence of fed­er­al, state and local gov. on school open­ing decisions
  • Check in on the per­spec­tives and con­cerns of stu­dents, par­ents, fac­ul­ty and staff, and com­mu­ni­ty as school open­ing deci­sions are made
  • Learn about school pro­gram oppor­tu­ni­ties and lim­i­ta­tions for stu­dents as the pan­dem­ic progresses
  • Dis­cuss oppor­tu­ni­ties for schools to pro­vide addi­tion­al ser­vices to make up for any learn­ing loss­es attrib­uted to the pandemic

SJICN’s first COVID-19 Response Forum on Nov. 8 offered an oppor­tu­ni­ty for school lead­ers coun­ty-wide to inform islanders about their plans to han­dle the COVID-19 cri­sis head­ing into the hol­i­day sea­son before resum­ing class­es in Jan­u­ary 2021. The Feb. 23 forum will build on this foun­da­tion, look­ing ahead to the spring and beyond.

Space is lim­it­ed for the Feb. 23 vir­tu­al forum—registration is capped at 100 atten­dees. You can sign up online for free at

The event will also be broad­cast live on SJICN’s Face­book page:

Final­ly, we invite par­ents, stu­dents, staff and com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers to sub­mit ques­tions for the school lead­ers ahead of the forum. Please send an email with your ques­tions to

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