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ED Webinar Invitation Feb. 17: Pathways to Safe In-Person Operation of K-12 Schools

February 12, 2021


Dear Colleagues,

Please see the invitation below and attached for a webinar next week regarding the joint CDC and ED guidance released today. Please share with your colleagues in your state and districts.




Patrick Rooney, Director
School Suppoet and Accountability


Attention: State and Local Education Agencies and School Health Personnel


On behalf of the U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Office of Safe and Supportive Schools, the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) invites you to please join a presentation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and ED on new science-based resources and tools for safe in-person operation of K-12 schools.


Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Time: 3:00-4:00 pm EST


This presentation will include an overview of the CDC’s recently released Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Mitigation and ED’s complementary ED COVID-19 Handbook Volume 1: Strategies for Safely Reopening Elementary and Secondary Schools.



Greta Massetti, Ph.D., MPH: Dr. Greta Massetti is the co-Lead of the Community Interventions and Critical Populations (CICP) Task Force on CDC’s COVID-19 response. CICP is responsible for developing guidance and practical tools for community mitigation activities and attending to special populations, particularly those disproportionally affected by COVID-19. CICP is engaged in strengthening technical assistance efforts to states and communities as well as through key partners to optimize community mitigation efforts. When not engaged in the COVID response, Dr. Massetti is a branch chief and senior epidemiologist in the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at CDC. Dr. Massetti has previously served on several of CDC’s emergency responses, including Ebola.

Donna Harris-Aikens, JD: Ms. Harris-Aikens is a Senior Advisor for Policy and Planning in the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education. Donna Harris-Aikens served as a member of the Education Agency Review Team for the Biden-Harris Transition, and was a member of the DNC Platform Committee. She served as Senior Director for Education Policy and Practice at the National Education Association (NEA) where she advocated for students, educators, and working families to support equity and excellence in education, and to ensure working families have the right to organize and the opportunity to thrive in our global economy. Prior to joining NEA, she served in leadership roles for the Service Employees International Union and Advance CTE and was an attorney in an education boutique law firm.


Related Documents

This event will focus on the following documents, which we encourage you to download in advance of the webinar to inform participation. [Links are available in the attached PDF]

  • CDC Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Mitigation
  • Operational Strategy Summary Fact Sheet (PDF)
  • CDC Science Brief: Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in K-12 Schools
  • ED COVID-19 Handbook Volume 1: Strategies for Safely Reopening Elementary and Secondary Schools (PDF)


For your reference, slides for this presentation will be posted on the event webpage on the day of the event.



You must register to participate in this presentation.

Register Here!


Please contact NCSSLE if you have any questions. We look forward to sharing this information with you and hearing from you about the important work you are doing in your schools, communities, and states to meet the needs of your students and staff as they return to in-person instruction.





National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments
Phone: 800.258.8413


Attachment: Webinar Announcement

About the Author

Patrick Rooney is the Director of two offices--Evidence-Based Practices Assessment and Accountability and School Support and Accountability within ED’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. Before this recent appointment, Mr. Rooney was the Deputy Director of the Office of State Support.  Prior to joining the Office of State Support, Mr. Rooney worked in the Implementation and Support Unit, where he helped lead the work of the Reform Support Network, providing technical assistance to states implementing comprehensive Race to the Top reforms, and the Race to the Top Assessment program, which provided grants to groups of states to develop new assessments aligned to state’s college- and career-ready standards. Mr. Rooney also worked in the DC Office of State Superintendent of Education, where he was a senior policy advisor and worked on a wide variety of K-12 issues in the District of Columbia.