Regardless of whether schools are going back virtually, in-person or a combination of the two, this school year presents unique challenges. COVID-19 exposed the importance of schools as community anchors that children and families rely on for much more than education. It also exposed the inequities on which our educational and health systems are built.
This webinar will feature resources and information for schools around cleaning, health services, COVID-19 prevention and more.
- Moderator: Joaquin Tamayo, HSC Board Member and former teacher, principal and federal policymaker.
- Flora E. Daniel, MPH, National Project Manager–Thriving Schools, Kaiser Permanente
Flora will provide an overview of Planning for the Next Normal at School. This playbook is an evolving collection of recommendations, co-authored by Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Action for Healthy Kids, Healthy Schools Campaign, and SHAPE America to address the total health needs of the school community for in-person and virtual learning environments. The playbook provides a framework to understand, assess, and implement strategies for COVID-19 prevention, social drivers of health, physical activity and physical education, staff and teacher well-being, and mental health and well-being.
- Lena O’Rourke, Founder and Principal, O’Rourke Health Policy Strategies
Lena O’Rourke is founder and Principal at O’Rourke Health Policy Strategies. She is an experienced health care advocate and strategies with an emphasis on issues that impact consumers and vulnerable populations. Her work specializes in legislative and regulatory strategy and she has extensive experience in building and maintaining coalitions, particularly those that bring together strange bedfellows to further legislative goals. She has spent 10 years doing consulting to a wide range of not-for-profits and organizations.
- Audrey Rowe, HSC Board member and former Food and Nutrition Service Administrator at the U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Kim Thomas, Senior Director of Services, Facilities Management, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia and Healthy Green Schools & Colleges Steering Committee Member
Kimberly Thomas, Senior Director of Services, at the University of Georgia Facilities Management Division is responsible for Building Services, Fleet & Grounds, Sustainability, Warehouse Operations, and the Work Request Center. Prior to that, she spent six years as the Executive Director of Plant Operations at Clarke County School District (2011-2017) in charge of custodial operations, grounds, sustainability/recycling, the warehouse, and physical plant operations, winner of the Green Cleaning Award of Schools and Universities’ in 2015 and winner of an Honorable Mention Award in 2014. Her department also received recognition for its commitment to green cleaning and sustainability from the Healthy Schools Network, Environmental Protective Agency- Georgia state office, and US Green Building Council-Georgia division. Prior to her role at Clarke County, she was the Assistant Director of Services for the University of Georgia – Facilities Management Division, which won the Green Cleaning Award’s Grand Award in 2010 and numerous green cleaning and sustainability & recycling accolades from 2011-2007.