Safe, Strong, & Healthy Schools 

This spring, the series will explore the impacts of COVID-19 on schools and on child health. The conversations in the episodes below will feature presentations from physician leaders in pediatrics, infectious disease, mental health, and other relevant fields addressing important questions like:

  • How do we ensure safe, child and staff-centered protocols for welcoming everyone back to the classroom? 

  • What is the scientific evidence driving these decisions?

  • What will school districts need to consider for children and staff wellbeing as schools phase in in-person learning and teaching?

  • What should districts anticipate around behavioral and mental health needs of students and staff? 

  • And much more—including questions submitted by attendees!

As parents and schools consider these questions and make decisions on how to bring kids back into the classroom, the Department of Pediatrics, Healthy Kids Collaborative, and our partners are here to help schools safely reopen, monitor, and adapt throughout the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Join us for this conversation series with Wisconsin doctors, educators, scientists, and leaders exploring the ways that schools and districts can build “Safe, Strong & Healthy Schools."

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Episode 1

COVID-19: The Basic Science (with Dr. Ellen Wald)

March 8, 2021 | 12 PM

BONUS Episode 1.5

Safe, Strong & Healthy Schools: The Wood County Schools Experience (with Dr. Amy Falk)

March 8, 2021 | 12:30 PM

Episode 2

Vaccine 101: Information on the COVID-19 Vaccine (with Dr. Sheryl Henderson)

March 10, 2021 | 12 PM

Episode 3

Does COVID-19 Spread in Schools? Transmission Research from Across the Country (with Dr. Greg DeMuri)

March 12, 2021 | 12 PM

Episode 4

COVID-19 Vaccine Question & Answer (with Dr. Jim Conway)

March 12, 2021 | 12:30 PM

Episode 5

Is It Safe to Get Back in the Water? COVID-19 & Sports for Athletes & Parents (with Dr. David Bernhardt)

March 17, 2021 

Episode 6

Physical & Emotional Impact of COVID-19 on Children & Families (with Dr. Mala Mathur)

March 19, 2021 | 8 AM

Episode 7

Adolescence, Interrupted: Special Considerations for Adolescent Health during the COVID-19 Pandemic (with Dr. Emily Ruedinger)

March 19, 2021 | 8:30 AM

Episode 8 - Season Finale

Vaccines, Variants & 3 vs. 6 Feet (with Dr. Ryan Westergaard)

April 15, 2021 | 8:30 AM

Safe, Strong & Healthy Schools 

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