WATCH: Community Conversation: Can school start safely and effectively?

Dayton Daily News Community Conversation: Going Back to School During Coronavirus panel discussion set for Thursday, Aug. 13.

UPDATE: Due to issues with Facebook, we were unable to show this panel discussion live. The recorded version is below. We hope it will spur conversation in your household.

Be it online, in-person or a combination of the two, the worldwide coronavirus pandemic means the vast majority of local kids will soon start classes far differently than at any point in history.

It leads to one question: Can school resume safely and effectively during a pandemic?

Dayton Daily News Community Impact Editor Amelia Robinson and Education Reporter Jeremy Kelley will discuss the upcoming school year with parents, school officials and other experts during Dayton Daily News Community Conversation: Going Back to School During Coronavirus.

The next in this newspaper’s series of town hall meetings is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 13, at 6:30 p.m.

The hour-long discussion will be streamed live on Dayton Daily News’s Facebook page.

“Schools and families face so many variables when planning for this fall. This event will allow superintendents, teachers, health officials and parents to share expertise from their own perspectives, and make navigating that complex situation a little easier,” Kelley said.

Panelist will include:

David Romick, president of the Dayton Education Association, the union that represents teachers, nurses and other certificated employees at Dayton Public Schools.

Shannon Cox, superintendent of the Montgomery County Educational Service Center

Jeff Cooper, health commissioner for Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County'

Darlene Langhout, the parent of Beavercreek City School District students

Samil Pullen, a Dayton Public Schools parent and co-founder of Parents, Teachers, Staff, and Drivers against unsafe school opening.

Pediatrician David Roer, a member of the Centerville School Board.

Dr. Lisa Ziemnik, program director of Dayton Children’s urgent care and Kids Express and a member of its back-to-school task force.

What questions would you like to hear answered?

Send your questions to Amelia Robinson at