Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere answered questions from Plano ISD students in kindergarten through fifth grades, along with Shannah Hayley from the city communications department.
Questions had been recorded and sent to the city to answer in an online video.
The town hall opened with a question about how the coronavirus got its name. Later questions ranged from how the virus spreads to when recreation centers and restaurants plan to reopen.
In response, LaRosiliere shared information on stay-at-home orders, social distancing in public areas, hygiene and other ways to slow the spread of coronavirus. He also spoke on why decisions on reopening or changing the rules depend on whether it is safe to do so.
The final question of the town hall ended with a quick wardrobe change from PISD elementary student Koen. Dressed in a Yoda costume, he said he wished that the Force would be with the Mayor.
“I feel like the Force is with me, and with you on my side, there is no way we won’t beat this virus,” LaRosiliere said.
The town hall closed with the mayor prompting viewers to think about what their favorite moment has been while staying at home. For him, he said, it is having his daughters at home and getting to make them lunch each day.
“It’s time to reconnect with your family,” LaRosiliere said. “Enjoy your time at home with your parents and your brothers and sisters, and please, please, be safe, and we’ll see you soon.”
LaRosiliere said he looks forward to having another Kids Town Hall in the future.
The town hall was streamed on Facebook the morning of April 16. The video can be found on the city’s Facebook page and its YouTube account and on the Plano TV webpage.