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Back to school: Reporting on COVID-19 as kids return to classes



Aug. 11, 9 a.m. ET

As parents prepare to send their kids back to elementary, middle and high school this fall, challenging questions persist about balancing children's safety with the importance of school. Hear from an infectious disease expert and a school nurse about the latest data on COVID-19 in children and what needs to be done to protect them. You'll also have an opportunity to get comments on the CDC's latest mask guidance for students and teachers to improve your coverage of schools and the pandemic.

Recording of the webcast ...

  • Tina Q. Tan, M.D., is professor of pediatrics at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, and a pediatric infectious diseases attending; medical director of the International Patient Services Program (IPS); co-director of the Pediatric Travel Medicine Clinic; and director of the International Adoptee Clinic at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. She is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases. Tan received her medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. She completed her residency, chief residency, and pediatric infectious diseases fellowship in the Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. Tan is the chairperson of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Infectious Diseases (SOID).

  • Robin Cogan, M.Ed., R.N., N.C.S.N., is in her 21st year as a New Jersey school nurse in the Camden City School District. She is also the legislative co-chair for the New Jersey State School Nurses Association and a Johnson & Johnson School Health Leadership Fellow and past program mentor. Robin is the recipient of the 2019 and 2020 National Association of School Nurses President’s Award, 2018 NCSN School Nurse of the Year, 2017 Johnson & Johnson School Nurse of the Year, and the New Jersey Department of Health 2017 Population Health Hero Award. Robin is on the faculty in the School Nurse Certificate Program at Rutgers University-Camden School of Nursing where she teaches the next generation of school nurses. You can follow her on Twitter at @RobinCogan.

  • Daaiyah Bilal-Threats is a labor, social justice and public education advocate who serves as senior policy advisor at the National Education Association (NEA), representing 3 million educators. Daaiyah works to ensure that NEA’s education policy priorities are shaped first and foremost by educators, as well as parents, communities and a multitude of partners and allies that are needed to ensure that students and public education thrive. She has worked in large-scale social change beginning with the World Wildlife Fund, American Red Cross, and Health Information Network. She joined the NEA as a policy analyst focusing on the combination of public health and education policy. She has wide-ranging experience leading national and international programming, as well as political campaigns, that advance racial and social justice, public education, and pro-public education candidates. She currently serves in leadership roles with the Committee on States, Color of Change PAC, the National Council for Responsive Philanthropy, the Partnership for The Future of Learning, and the Coalition to Advance Future Student Success.

  • Bara Vaida is AHCJ's core topic leader on infectious diseases. An independent journalist, she has written extensively about health policy and infectious diseases. Her work has appeared in the National Journal, Agence France-Presse, Bloomberg News, McClatchy News Service, MSNBC, NPR, Politico, The Washington Post and other outlets.

Tina Q. Tan

Robin Cogan

Daaiyah Bilal-Threats

Bara Vaida