Submitted by Lewis County Board of County Commissioners

Recognizing the importance of giving the community the opportunity to participate in planning the “restart” process for area schools, the Lewis County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) is inviting the public to attend a COVID-19 Education Forum from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, September 10.

A panel of experts from the health and education fields will join the Lewis County Commissioners for the online forum, which also will be accessible by phone. The event will include a presentation about the pandemic, including current health recommendations around schools, followed by a question-and-answer session. The forum will be moderated and the moderator has asked that all questions and discussion remain civil and respectful.

Those wishing to submit questions are encouraged to do so via email at bocc@lewiscountywa.gov by 3:00 p.m. September 10. A limited number of questions also may be fielded during the meeting using the “chat” feature of the online version of Zoom (https://zoom.us/j/92770578873).

“Community information and community engagement are important, and we want to provide our parents, teachers and friends an opportunity to ask questions,” said Commissioner Gary Stamper, who serves as chair of the BOCC. “We also want to give the community a chance to hear directly from the medical professionals who are working with area school districts, and we want to help the community better understand how Public Health & Social Services is addressing the education issue – for in-person classes and virtual learning.”

Stamper noted that community members can find the most up-to-date county information on the Public Health & Social Services website at https://lewiscountywa.gov/departments/public-health/.

“The conversations regarding COVID-19 and education are ongoing and ever-changing,” Commissioner Stamper said. “We want the public to understand the challenges and be a part of those conversations.”

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