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Teachers On School Reopening | Congressional Candidate Tom Love | Young COVID-19 Survivor

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Shakell Avery, pictured center with his fiance and son, survived an extensive battle with COVID-19.

Teachers discuss their thoughts on virtual learning and returning to in-person classes during the pandemic, former state lawmaker Tom Love on his bid for the Republican nomination for Kansas' 3rd Congressional District, and a 24-year-old survivor of COVID-19 shares his story.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:02: Kansas City area teachers discuss online teaching and returning to in-person classes.

As school districts look for answers on how to open safely, two teachers discuss their experiences with virtual learning and their apprehensions about returning to in-person classes this fall.

Segment 2, beginning at 30:11: Tom Love is one of five Republicans hoping to run against Rep. Sharice Davids in the November general election.

A late entrant into the race for Kansas' 3rd Congressional District, Love has little in the way of endorsements or funding, but he's made education funding the core of his campaign. "I'm running for issues to fix things," Love said. "I'm not running against people."

  • Tom Love, former Kansas representative and candidate for the 3rd Congressional District of Kansas

Segment 3, beginning at 40:20: Shakell Avery spent nearly 80 days fighting COVID-19.

Avery did not have any known preexisting conditions prior to being hospitalized, and was released from Menorah Medical Center on June 30. Despite lapsing into a coma and being put on a ventilator, he has recovered and returned home to his fiance and 2-year-old son.

  • Shakell Avery, COVID-19 survivor

Up To Date is looking to tell the stories of Kansas City area residents who have died of or survived a bout with COVID-19. If you’d like to share your story or someone else's, send us an email at

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