The transition to back-to-school, whether in-person or remote, has been difficult for so many kids and families across the country. And now, Sesame Street is trying to help kids understand and cope with what it means to go back-to-school during the COVID-19 pandemic. The beloved PBS show is teaming up with CNN for a town hall so that familiar faces like Elmo and Big Bird can explain to kids how to navigate their complicated realities. The 60-minute special titled “The ABCs of Back to School, A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Families” will be moderated by anchor Erica Hill and CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
In the special, muppets and kids will present three different yet recognizable school situations: Big Bird will go through a hybrid learning model, Rosita a fully remote classroom, and Elmo will be going to school in-person. Sesame Street has been an important resource for kids over the past few months, with recent specials including “The ABC’s of Covid 19: A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Kids and Parents” and “Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism.”
Check out the “The ABCs of Back to School, A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Families” special, which will air on CNN at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday, September 12.