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Medical (and SSW) Guidance for School Re-opening: A June 18th Webinar of National Experts

Medical (and SSW) Guidance for School Re-opening:  A June 18th Webinar of National Experts

Editor’s Note: I’m excited to share this webinar recording and summary from the 6/18 panel I was on with national experts in school nursing, pediatrics, and educational leadership. I learned a lot and it was great to bring a SSW perspective to the table as well.

From the summary: On June 18, 2020 the RestartED Team hosted their third in a series of Virtual “Town Hall’ discussions with educators and professionals devoted to rethinking, reimagining and restarting our schools in a post- pandemic society. Panelists explored best practices for mitigating health risks as state departments of education and school districts across the country work to safely reopen schools. The national panel of experts in the field of nursing, health, and education included:

  • Michael S. Kelly of Loyola University Chicago, Professor and Director of the School Mental Health Advanced Practice Certificate; and
  • Lisa Kern, Pasco County Schools, Florida, School Health Supervisor; and
    Jay Majka, Superintendent Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District, New Jersey; and
  • Mary Beth Miotto, Worcester, Massachusetts, Associate Medical Director of Pediatric Population Health; and
  • Liz Pray, Moses Lake School District, Washington State, President Elect for the School Nurse Organization of Washington.
  • Greg Tufaro, USA TODAY network journalist, opened the night with a thoughtful introduction of the issue for discussion and then moderated the hour long conversation.

Here’s the webinar video, followed by a 4-page summary of the key domains we covered:

  • Managing shifting local, state and national guidance
  • Providing scaffolded supports that balance health and emotional needs
  • Supporting and expanding the role of school based health care professionals
Our panel June 18th, getting ready to start.
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About The Author

Michael Kelly

Michael S. Kelly PhD, LCSW is Professor and Director of the School Mental Health Advanced Practice certificate and Family and School Partnerships Program at Loyola University Chicago’s School of Social Work. Prior to coming to Loyola in Fall 2006, he was a school social worker, family therapist, and youth minister in the Chicago area for 14 years. He has authored over 80 journal articles, books, and book chapters on school social work, evidence-based practice (EBP), and positive youth development. He is a fellow of the Oxford Symposium for School-Based Family Counseling, co-Chair of the Society for Social Work & Research SSW Special Interest Group, Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of School Social Work, and Associate Editor of School Mental Health. He has recently brought his work on school mental health and EBP to researchers and practitioners in England, Rhode Island, Wyoming, Canada, Chile, and Japan.

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