WATCH: Doctors, educators join KSAT’s Ursula Pari for Back To School town hall

Get factual information from local experts; watch in the video player below

SAN ANTONIOEditor’s note: KSAT Community hosted a livestream on Aug. 4 focusing on younger students in grade school and kindergarten. Watch here. Get email updates about Back To School here.

To help answer viewer questions, livestreamed a Back to School Town Hall on Wednesday, Aug. 11, at 7 p.m. You can watch the video-on-demand in the video player above.

The live event focused on safety protocols, the latest on mask mandates mental health, the digital divide and vaccines.

It is hosted by KSAT 12 Anchor Ursula Pari, who knows first-hand the challenges of parenting during a pandemic.

Pari said her teenage daughter and high school peers have experienced issues including social anxiety, depression at the loss of social interaction with friends and learning setbacks… at exactly the same time they are grappling with those really tough teenaged years.

“Families were blindsided, but this town hall may help us all go forward together,” Pari said.

Also on the town hall are four panelists:

  • Dr. Nandini Mandlik - Pediatrician with University Health
  • Luke Amphlett - Burbank High School teacher
  • Adonis Schurmann - 7th-grade teacher with NEISD
  • Joshua Essery - Licensed Psychologists with Clarity Child Guidance Center

Also featured on the town hall are taped interviews with:

Pedro Martinez - SAISD Superintendent will answer viewer questions submitted on

Inga Cotton - Founder and executive director of San Antonio Charter Moms

Read more like this on our Back to School page and KSAT Kids page:

KSAT Community operates in partnership with University Health, Energy Transfer and Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union.

About the Author

Kiersten has been a Digital Content Creator with KSAT12 since 2017. She graduated from Texas State University with an electronic media degree and previously worked for the Spurs Sports & Entertainment.

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